The original sentence was:

The driving instructor told me to drive every day.

But I wanted to change it into something more complex or perhaps similar to how a native speaker would say it.

The driving instructor told me that I should drive every day.

Is it correct? Or please can some of you tell me how to say it in a more native way?

Thank you in advance! ^.^


1 Answer 1


The original sentence is already perfectly natural, but I'm afraid to say your attempt makes no sense.

言わせられてくれた is a causative-passive form followed by the past form of a donatory subsidiary verb くれた. It would mean "the instructor was (kindly) made (by someone) to say ~", if it means anything. However, the causative-passive meaning ("the instructor was made to say ~") has nothing to do with the intended meaning. Using くれる is not wrong if you are really thankful, but you usually don't need to thank for a simple advice like this.

It's possible rephrase the original sentence by using a simple passive form, like so:

I was told to drive every day by the driving instructor.

But this is no better than the original sentence as far as the naturality is concerned.

  • I understood! Your answer was very helpful, thank you! So, if i wanted to use just the causative-passive form without the donatory subsidiary? Like: 運転教官は私に毎日運転するよう言わせられました In this case it would mean that the fact that the instructor told me to do x, somehow offended me or something, right? Aug 21, 2021 at 9:31
  • as for the form 「~ し た 方 が い い 」is it possible to use it within a sentence with「 ~ よ う に 言 い ま す」? Like in my example from my question, okay the last part is wrong, but what if I wrote: 運転教官は私に毎日運転した方がいいように言いました。 And is it the に particle always mandatory? Aug 21, 2021 at 9:38
  • @GabrieleAlongi 毎日運転した方がいいように言いました is ungrammatical. Recheck how to use ように. 毎日運転したほうがいいと言われました is fine.
    – naruto
    Aug 21, 2021 at 9:40
  • Okay! Thank you! ^.^ Aug 21, 2021 at 10:58

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