Lesson of Passive of Commands


Lesson of Passive of Commands (or) Orders (Or) Imperative Sentences

Subject English

Grade 9th

Students` Learning Outcomes

  • If the verb in the active voice expresses ‘order’, ‘requests’, ‘advice’ etc.  The word ‘Let’ is usually placed at the beginning of the passive voice and the ‘be’ verb is placed before the past participle of the main verb. Another form of the passive is with the word ‘should’ + ‘be’ or wly. But if the sentences begin with ‘please’ in active voice, ‘you are requested to’ is used in the passive voice. An intransitive verb may also be changed into passive with ‘you are requested to’ / advised to’, etc. such a passive voice of an intransitive verb may be called an indirect passive.
  • Passive: Let + Object + be + Past Participle of the Verb [or, (should) be / get + P.P.)



Do this work.

Let this work be done.

Open the door.

Let the door be opened.

Shut the door.

Let the door be shut.

Tell him to go.

Let him be told to go.

Keep your word.

Your word should be kept.

Obey your teacher.

Your teacher should be obeyed.

Love the children.

The children should be loved.

Prepare for the worst.

Be (Get) prepared for the worst.

Please do this work.

You are requested to do this.

Please keep off the grass.

You are requested to keep off the grass. Or The grass should be kept off.

Please go there.

You are requested to go there.

Please don`t smoke.

You are advised not to smoke.

Go home.

You are advised to go home.

Do it at once.

You are ordered to do it at once.


Modal auxiliary + be + iii form, as;



Can speak

Can + be + spoken

Could use

Could + be + used

Should obey

Should + be + obeyed

Would ruin

Would + be + ruined

May tell

May + be +told

Might sell

Might + be + sold

Must send

Ought to do.

Must + be + sent

Ought to +be + done


  • Note: The Passive Voice of some intransitive Verbs by adding ‘you are advised to ‘/ ‘you are ordered to’ / ‘you are requested to’ may be treated as ‘Indirect Passive’.
  • ‘Let’ in Active and Passive:
  • ‘Let’ may be used in both Active and Passive Voice.
  • ‘Let’ takes the Objective-type of pronouns (me, us, him, her, and them)
  • ‘Let’ may be replaced by ‘may be allowed’ in the Passive Voice, as;



Let him buy a motor car.

Let us forget the quarrel.

Let him go.

Let a motor-car be bought by him.

Let the quarrel be forgotten (by us).

He may be allowed to go.

  • In the Nut Shell, an Imperative Sentence is changed from active to passive voice according to the message contained in the sentence. For this purpose words used are as follows:
  • If it contain an order or a command then you are ordered to, or you are commanded to.
  • If it contains a request then you are request to.
  • If it contains a advice then you are advised to
  • If it contains a negative order then you are forbidden to.
  • If it contains ‘Let us’ then it is suggested that we should or it is proposed that we should, such sentences are changed by using ‘Let’ also as let object be third form of verb, as; learn this lesson. Turn into let this lesson be learnt.


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