What is imperative in passive?

What is imperative in passive?

Can ”open your book” to change from active voice to passive voice?

Thanks

Hi Steve,

This is realistically not possible, I would say because the imperative is essentially asking for something to be done. The passive however describes what has been done or what is going to be done.

Alan

The passive imperative is quite rare, as it contains an apparent contradiction: we are commanding someone or something to be the patient in an action, e.g.

  1. Be broken by the next person to pick you up.

— a malicious magician to a Ming vase.

“Get” + participle can form a kind of passive imperative:

  1. Go and get checked out by your doctor.

These can be transformed thus:

  1. The next person will break the vase / The vase will be broken by the next person.
  2. His doctor will check him out / He will be checked out by his doctor.

Best wishes,

MrP

Hi,

Thanks for that. You have reminded me of that popular expression used when you want someone to go away: Get lost! And then of course there are the really vulgar ones that are best left in obscurity as far as this site is concerned.

Alan

Hello Alan,

I wondered about “get lost”, but was not sure whether it was a passive construction (it sounds awkward if we add an agent, for instance).

Best wishes,

MrP