Early bonds were forged.  Depending on where it is used, it has different meaning. 

Let’s look at what bond and forge really mean.

 

Bond (n.)

(1)  something that binds a person or persons to a certain circumstance or line of behavior

結合力; 凝聚力

For example: the bond of matrimony,

the bonds of friendship 友誼的凝聚力

the familial bond 家庭的凝聚力

 

(2)  something, as an agreement or friendship, that unites individuals or peoples into a group; covenant 同盟; 聯盟

For example: the bond between nations.

 

(3) (Insurance) a surety agreement 保險保證金

 

(4) (Finance) a certificate of ownership of a specified portion of a debt due to be paid by

a government or corporation to an individual holder and usually bearing a fixed rate of interest 債券

For example: Government Bond 政府債券.  Corporate Bond.  公司債券

 

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bond

 

Forge (v.):

(1) to form or make, esp. by concentrated effort 建立

For example: to forge a friendship through mutual trust

forge a close relationship 建立親密的關係

 

(2) to imitate (handwriting, a signature, etc.) fraudulently; make a copy of with the intent to deceive, counterfeit 偽造

For example: forge a signature. She forged a Green Card

 

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/forge

 

Now let’s see what this sentence really means:

 

(A) Early bonds (of friendship) were forged (between George and Mary).

=> George and Mary forged early bonds (of friendship).

(喬治和瑪麗)建立起早期(友誼)的凝聚力. (喬治和瑪麗)建立起早期的(友誼)聯盟.

 

This meaning is more commonly used, so I would think this is what you wanted.  However, you can also translate it as follows, which is not as commonly used.

 

 (B) Early (Government) bonds were forged (by the Mafia).

=> The Mafia forged early (Government) bonds.

早期的(政府)債券被(黑手黨)偽造了.

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