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An object in a passive construction that is identical to the object in the corresponding active construction, as story in Susan was told the story by John.
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(Grammar) grammar a direct or indirect object of a passive verb. The phrase the drawings in the sentence Harry was given the drawings is a retained object
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an object in a passive construction identical with the direct or indirect object in the corresponding active construction, as the picture in I was shown the picture.
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