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  • Chapter 12. Voice (Cont'd...)

    voice

    12.1.1 Imperative sentence

    In case of imperative sentence, in passive voice, the sentence will be introduced by let, then object + be + past participle of verb. In passive voice of imperative sentence, object may also be the subject. After subject, you must write should be followed by past participle of the main verb. Look at the following examples:

    Active: Help him.
    Passive: Let him be helped.
    Passive: He should be helped.

    Active: Please keep off the grass.
    Passive: You are requested to keep off the grass.

    12.2 Few remarks

    1. Some intransitive verb in the active voice often have a passive sense. These are quasi-passive verbs. For example:
    2. The rose smells sweet.
      His words sound harsh.
      The book reads well.
      It tastes sweet.

    3. Some intransitive verbs in the active voice often have a passive look. For example:

    4. Tomy is gone (means has gone).
      John is come (means has come).
      Mary is arrived (means has arrived).

    5. The infinitive after an adjective should be in the active voice.

    6. English is easy to learn (‘to be learnt’ is incorrect).
      Metal is hard to digest (‘to be digested’ is incorrect).
      Exceptions are there. No effect is likely to be produced.

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