What is the active form of

‘I love being given presents’?

I came up with ‘I love people giving me present’. But then I can’t change this into a passive.

  • What about 'I am loved by people giving me presents' ?
    – Nigel J
    Oct 23, 2017 at 14:54
  • And - I love giving presents.
    – Nigel J
    Oct 23, 2017 at 15:05
  • What makes you think that sentence is passive?
    – 1006a
    Oct 23, 2017 at 15:10
  • An active paraphrase is 'I love it when people give me presents'. You can't transform 'being given presents' easily; 'I love people giving me presents' is ambiguous. Oct 23, 2017 at 16:13
  • ‘I love people giving me presents’ sounds good. Thank you all. Oct 24, 2017 at 16:03

2 Answers 2


I think the sentence you're looking for is

I love receiving presents.

Receiving is the active form of the passive being given.


I think you're right, but passivizing "people giving me presents" into "being given presents" requires a rather abstract analysis. The "-ing" is part of the Poss-ing complementizer, which is there because the sentence "people give me presents" has to be converted to a NP so that it can serve as object of "love".

The "my" which is expected for the subject of the passivized "give me" once the complementizer Poss-ing is applied is deleted because of the antecedent "I" which is subject of "love".

The "people" is lost because an unspecified passive agent is optional.

And there you have it.

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