bei (4) - 被
In the sentence - 我的菜被偷光了 - bei acts as a passive marker. I see that in the dictionary it is given to mean - 'by'. However, in this case, it would surely mean 'was'. ie: "my food was stolen, completely."
Q: Can 'bei' 被 also mean 'was'?
tvanNovember 29, 2009, 01:34 AM
graeme73, my read on the sentence is that there is an implied object, namely, "我的菜被小偷偷光了," where "小偷" would be the object of the prepositional phrase "被小偷."
Nothing authoritative, just my take!