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In case of an active sentence formed by a verb + indirect object, may it be transformed into passive sentence or not?

For example, could the following sentence be turned into passive?

Claire phoned her father yesterday

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  • Okay, so Claire indeed was a girl. Phew :) – Tushar Raj Jan 29 '17 at 11:19
  • Thank you so much for your subtle correction :-) and thank you for answering! – Clara Santos Jan 29 '17 at 11:24
  • You're very welcome. That's what we're here for. – Tushar Raj Jan 29 '17 at 11:25
  • @TusharRaj Clair Huffaker, the well known writer of Westerns, was a dude.;-) – Cascabel Jan 29 '17 at 16:50
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    @Cascabel: Haha. And that's why I never assume anything. – Tushar Raj Jan 29 '17 at 16:51
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It's certainly possible.

From The Death Relic by Chris Kuzneski:

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Technically it would be "Claire's father was phoned by her yesterday."

Even though there ample evidence of such usage; it seems clumsy at best and certainly not formal language.

A better way of rephrasing the same could be:

"Claire's father received a call from her yesterday."

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