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In spoken Chinese or in colloquial writing, bèi is often replaced by ràng or jiào, but only if an agent is involved. In these cases, gěi may also be used optionally before the verb:

衣服让孩子(给)弄脏了。

yī fú ràng hái zǐ(gěi)nòng zāng le 。

The child made his/her clothes dirty.

强盗叫警察(给)抓住 。

qiáng dào jiào jǐng chá(gěi)zhuā zhù  。

The robber was arrested by the police.

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