Here is the sentence.


In my understanding, the objective for the verb is 「あちこちの少年院」.

Is the verb used in passive form because of showing politness or respect to 「白木葉子さん」?

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It is a form to show respect called 敬語. To make the form, append the auxiliary verb られる.

  • して いる: Normal form.
  • して お られる: Form for respect.

There are two verbs here. して and いる。When there are two verbs, the last one is affected.

Note that the conjugation is irregular in this case. If the rule is applied simply, it will be:

  • して いる: Normal
  • して い られる: Form for respect.

However, いられる for respect is replaced with おられる.

I believe it is because いられる means "allowed to" such as you are allowed to be there. To avoid confusion, it is replaced with おられる。Perhaps someone can give better explanation on this irregularity.

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