Passive Voice for Imperative Sentences - Rules

A sentence that expresses a request, an advice or an order is called an imperative sentence.

Respect the elders.      (advice)
Don’t waste your time. (advice)
Open the door.             (order)
Don’t make a noise.     (order)
Please help me.           (request)

 Changing imperative sentences into Passive voice:

The way of converting imperative sentence into passive voice is a bit different than that for ordinary sentences. In imperative sentence, the subject is not directly mentioned. It reflects a message conveyed to the listener in the form of an advice, request or order. The listener of the sentence is basically the subject for the stated message, but it is not directly mentioned in the sentence. Hence, passive voice for imperative sentence also has no directly-mentioned subject in the sentence.

There are three rules for converting imperative sentences from active voice into passive voice.

  1. The imperative sentence in passive voice always starts with word ‘Let‘.
  2. The word ‘be‘ is used as an auxiliary in the passive voice.
  3. In imperative sentences (in active voice), 1st form of verb is generally used. The 1st form of verb (e.g., speak) is changed into 3rd form of verb (e.g., spoken) for making passive voice of the imperative sentence.


Active Voice
Passive Voice
Finish the task.
Let the task be finished.
Do not waste the time.
Let the time not be wasted.
Close the door.
Let the door be closed.
Wash the shirt.
Let the shirt be washed.
Open the window.
Let the window be opened.
Clean the room.
Let the room be cleaned.
Do your work.
Let your work be done.
Help the children.
Let the children be helped.
Speak the truth.
Let the truth be spoken.
Don’t tell a lie.
Let a lie not be told.
Solve the problem.
Let the problem be solved.
Respect the elders.
Let the elders be respected.
Love the kids.
Let the kids be loved.
Don’t make a noise.
Let a noise not be made.
Don’t break this glass.
Let this glass not be broken.
Cook the food.
Let the food be cooked.
Collect some nice books.
Let some nice books be collected.
Repair your camera.
Let your camera be repaired.
Help the poor.
Let the poor be helped.
Bring the chair.
Let the chair be brought.

Active Voice
Passive Voice
Study this book for your exam.
Let this book be studied for your exam.
Make some tea for the guests.
Let some tea be made for the guests.
Sing a song for the audience.
Let a song be sung for the audience.
Eat an apple.
Let the apple be eaten.
Throw the ball.
Let the ball be thrown.