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    Passive for imperative sentence

    #1 Paint the windows.

    Passive 1: Let the window be painted. (My answer)

    Passive 2: The window should be painted. (Book)

    #2 Let us start our work.

    Passive 1: Let our work be started. (My answer)

    Passive 2: It is suggested that we should start our work. (Book)

    #3 Do not insult the beggar.
    Passive 1 : Let the beggar be not insulted. (Book)

    Passive 2: You are advised not to insult the beggar. (my answer)

    We can make passive of imperative in two ways as I did. But I am confused if both types are always acceptable and equally correct?

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    Re: Passive for imperative sentence

    There is no natural passive form of an imperative in modern English.

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    Re: Passive for imperative sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    There is no natural passive form of an imperative in modern English.
    Yes you are right. But I have to learn them (for my exam preparation as they ask imperative passive).

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    Re: Passive for imperative sentence

    You could also say May the window be painted. As you're working towards an exam, you should learn the forms they use and not use the let form as they don't seem to accept it. It is often hard to argue with an exam answer.

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