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Could you tell me please what does mean 被in these sentences?

我的自行车被小偷小走了。
那本小说被我同学借去了。

For learning: Chinese (Mandarin)
Base language: Chinese (Mandarin)
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    http://www.italki.com/question/67227

    Basically it means 'by'.
    So the first sentence is : My bike was stolen by a thief.
    The second reads: That novel was lent by one of my classmate.

    被 小偷 = (stolen) by the thief
    被 我 同学 = (taken) by my classmate

    It means (something) be done by (somebody)

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