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It should also be noted that the bèi structure is often used to narrate an unpleasant event:

他被爸爸骂了一顿。

tā bèi bà bà mà le yī dùn 。

He was told off by his father.

她让老师批评得哭了起来。

tā ràng lǎo shī pī píng dé kū le qǐ lái 。

She was criticized so much by the teacher that she began to cry.

花瓶叫小吴(给)打破了。

huā píng jiào xiǎo wú (gěi )dǎ pò le 。

The vase was broken by Xiao Wu.

电视机被弟弟弄坏了。

diàn shì jī bèi dì dì nòng huài le 。

The TV set was damaged by (my) younger brother.

窗户都被打开了。

chuāng hù dōu bèi dǎ kāi le 。

All the windows had been opened.

钱被藏在抽屉里。

qián bèi cáng zài chōu tì lǐ 。

The money was kept in a drawer.

小猫被爸爸抱在怀里。

xiǎo māo bèi bà bà bào zài huái lǐ 。

Father held the kitten in his arms. (lit. The kitten was held in his arms by Father.)

礼物被装进一个漂亮的盒子里去了。

lǐ wù bèi zhuāng jìn yī gè piāo liàng de hé zǐ lǐ qù le 。

The gift was put into an attractive box.

狼被赶出村子去。

láng bèi gǎn chū cūn zǐ qù 。

The wolf was driven away from the village.

她被爸爸批评了几次。

tā bèi bà bà pī píng le jǐ cì 。

She was reprimanded several times by her father.

犯人被关了三年。

fàn rén bèi guān le sān nián 。

The criminal was imprisoned for three years.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.

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