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    Question Imperative in Passive

    Hello there!

    Would you comment on the following passive sentences:

    Imperative: Do it at once.
    Passive: Let it be done at once.

    Imperative: Post this letter.
    Passive: Let this letter be posted.

    Imperative: Never tell a lie.
    Passive: Never let a lie be told.

    Imperative: Sit down
    Passive: You are requested to sit down

    As far as I'm concerned, these forms are neither used in everyday writing nor in formal situations. Am I right?

    Thanks a million in advance


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    Re: Imperative in Passive

    Would you comment on the following passive sentences
    affected, constrained, unnatural (to me)

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    Re: Imperative in Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    Hello there!

    Would you comment on the following passive sentences:

    Imperative: Do it at once.
    Passive: Let it be done at once.

    Imperative: Post this letter.
    Passive: Let this letter be posted.

    Imperative: Never tell a lie.
    Passive: Never let a lie be told.

    Imperative: Sit down
    Passive: You are requested to sit down

    As far as I'm concerned, these forms are neither used in everyday writing nor in formal situations. Am I right?

    Thanks a million in advance
    The last one does not seem to be fine for me. If you accept the last one to be correct, than the first ones could also read:
    You are requested to do it at once.
    You are requested to post this letter.
    You are requested to never tell a lie.
    If svartnik considered the previous ones affected, what is he going to say about these?

    Observe that from your examples, only the last one lacks an object.

    Apart from the last one, the others seem fine to me. Of course neither of them are (ever) used in everyday English. (Never say never)

    Well, I know I have said nothing. I would like some academic/grammarian to say something about this subject, as well as comment something on the similar: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...-sentence.html

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    Re: Imperative in Passive

    Thanks a lot. I appreciate your comments.

    I am also looking forward to hearing from the native speakers of English.

    By the way, I came across the above-mentioned sentences in a grammar book written by an Indian grammarian.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Imperative in Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    By the way, I came across the above-mentioned sentences in a grammar book written by an Indian grammarian.
    Hmm, that is an important piece of information. I believe that something more important than the author's nationality is his/her knowledge (reputation, formation, experience, etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    Thanks a lot. I appreciate your comments.
    I am also looking forward to hearing from the native speakers of English.
    Yes, sure, that will indeed enrich the discussion.

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    Re: Imperative in Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    Hello there!

    Would you comment on the following passive sentences:

    Imperative: Do it at once.
    Passive: Let it be done at once. Let it be done by you at once.

    Imperative: Post this letter.
    Passive: Let this letter be posted. Let this letter be posted by you.
    Imperative: Never tell a lie.
    Passive: Never let a lie be told. Never let a lie be told by you.

    Imperative: Sit down
    Passive: You are requested to sit down It is requested that you sit down.

    As far as I'm concerned, these forms are neither used in everyday writing nor in formal situations. Am I right?

    Thanks a million in advance
    I have made some alternative suggestions, but frankly it is a pointless exercise. There is no reason to make those sentences passive.
    As yminsky said "never say never" but they are pretty unlikely.

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    Re: Imperative in Passive

    Hmm, that is an important piece of information. I believe that something more important than the author's nationality is his/her knowledge (reputation, formation, experience, etc.)
    I totally go with what you said. The author is reputable and his grammar book shows both knowledge and experience. I appreciate him and the great efforts which he made.

    To read about the book, click here

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    Re: Imperative in Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    Hello there!

    Would you comment on the following passive sentences:

    Imperative: Do it at once.
    Passive: Let it be done at once. Get it done at once.

    Imperative: Post this letter.
    Passive: Let this letter be posted. Get this letter posted.

    Imperative: Never tell a lie.
    Passive: Never let a lie be told.

    Imperative: Sit down
    Passive: You are requested to sit down Be seated.

    As far as I'm concerned, these forms are neither used in everyday writing nor in formal situations. Am I right?

    Thanks a million in advance
    The above sound natural.

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    Re: Imperative in Passive

    Your comments enriched the discussion and made it more useful
    I appreciate the efforts you made


    Thanks a lot

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