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heloo dear teachers. I have a question about using ,shall, in the passive, is it possible or not. if yes, change the next interrogative sentence into the passive: when shall we meet?. waiting for your answers, best regards. Ahmed
thanks for inquiring dear sir, is it possible to say: when shall we be met? according to the rule of forming the passive voice. have you ever said that?? no object here,yeah. I find it grammatically ok, my linguistic sense tells me it is all right. just I need a convincing answer to convince others who say it is not possible. thanks again.
When shall we meet has "we" as the subject and no object. You cannot form a passive sentence without an object.
If you write "When shall we be met?" you do have a passive sentence, but "we" is now the recipient of the action. Someone else is meeting us.
When will they meet us? When shall we be met?
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
When people meet, they meet each other. This can't be made passive because each subject is also an object already.
In other uses of 'meet' a passive is possible; for example, His question was met with silence.
When shall we be met?
It means that we are not going to meet by ourselves, rather a third person/ party will cause us to/ make us meet and this passive sentence asks when that will happen.
"When shall we be met by them?" means "When will they cause us to meet?" (though it is a bit ironical that the two who are going to / want to meet are asking eachother or one is asking the other "When will they make us meet?")
In my humble opinion this sentence is right but we should avoid such construction since it causes obscurity.
NOT A TEACHER
thanks all,ur answers clarified the matter a bit. yet, just change this into the the passive: when shall we meet? . also,do plz clarify the state/role of the pronoun 'we' here. is it just a subject?or can it be the recipient of the action as well. thanx all again