Unit 10.2

Imperative in Passive Voice

Verbs

Imperative clauses are used when people tell someone else to do something (an advice, a suggestion, a request, a command…).

These clauses can be made passive by using the passive formula as well.
{See Passive Structure, Level B1}

We form passive imperatives by using the auxiliary verb to be after the subject.

We can also use the verb let at the beginning of the sentence, before objects.

The affirmative form of the passive imperative is:

  • Subject + be + past participle of verb + …
  • Let + object + be + past participle + …

The negative form of the passive imperative is:

  • Subject + be + not + past participle of verb + …
  • Let + object + not + be + past participle + …
  • Let all the horses be freed.
  • Let them be lost.
  • You are requested to exercise more.
  • You are ordered to move away from the car.

Passive imperative is not so common in daily language.

Just like emphatic imperatives, we can use you in order to emphasize our sentence.

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