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Dative constructions may be used in both 把 and 被 bèi sentences:

邮递员把那封信递给我。

Yóu dì yuán bǎ nà fēng xìn dì gěi wǒ 。

The post(wo)man gave me the letter.

别把那个秘密告诉他。

Bié bǎ nà gè mì mì gào sù tā 。

Don’t tell him that secret.

那瓶酒被她送给一个朋友了。

Nà píng jiǔ bèi tā sòng gěi yī gè péng yǒu le 。

That bottle of wine was given by her to a friend.

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