I bought the Chinese version of Matilda, and I'm confused about this:

Matilda, page 7

Specifically, I'm confused about why (usually meaning "to give") is in these phrases:

You're getting spoiled [original English (ref.)]
You give spoiled [literal translation]

left alone in the house [original English]
a person give lost in the house [literal translation]

The use of 给 as "to give" makes no sense to me; perhaps 给 has an additional meaning I'm unaware of.

Question: What is 给 doing in 你给宠坏了 and 一个人给丢在家里?


Those two phrases sound a bit stilted. When 给 is used as the sense of 被, it's better you add the one who performs that action. For example, 你给他宠坏了, 你给他教坏了 and etc.

玛蒂尔达几乎天天一个人给丢在家里 is not a very good sentence in my opinion. It might be ok colloquially, but it's not good in writing. 玛蒂尔达几乎天天被一个人丢在家里 is probably an improvement.

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「給」here is a colloquial, alternative way of expressing the same meaning as「被」. It is non-standard in Standard Chinese.

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