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Passive voice of imperative sentences

                               (command and request)


A sentence which expresses command or request or advice is called imperative sentence.

For example,

      Open the door.
      Turn off the television.
       Learn your lesson.

For changing these sentences in to passive voice, auxiliary verb “be” is used. The word “Let” is added before sentence in passive voice. Auxiliary verb “be” is added after object in sentence in passive voice. Main verb (base form) of imperative sentence is changed to 3rd form of verb (past participle) in passive voice. For best understand read the following examples.


Passive voice of “Imperative Sentences”

Active Voice

Passive Voice

Open the door.

Let the door be opened.

Complete the work.

Let the worked be completed.

Turn off the television.

Let the television be tuned off.

Learn your lesson.

Let your lesson be learnt.

Kill the snake.

Let the snake be killed.

Punish him.

Let him be punished.

Speak the truth.

Let the truth be spoken.

Help the poor.

Let the poor be helped.

Revise your book.

Let your book be revised.

Clean your room. Let your room be cleaned.



Click on the following links to study each aspect of active and passive voice.

a Active and Passive Voice
a Passive voice for all TENSES - Rules, use of auxiliary verbs and examples.
a Passive voice for Present Modals like “CAN, MAY, MIGHT, SHOULD, MUST,    OUGHT TO” and Past Modals like “MAY HAVE, MIGHT HAVE, SHOULD HAVE,    MUST HAVE, OUGHT TO HAVE”
a Passive voice of imperative sentences (command and request)
a Sentences which cannot be changed into passive voice – Intransitive verbs.