Dear teacher,
"Open your book"
Can it be converted into passive voice? Please tell me how.
Thanks.
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No way, my friend. You can't convert an imperative into a passive voice form.

Come to think of it, why would you want to? Wink
Nice try, Mehrdad. Wink

But that's just a statement of fact, so it doesn't really capture the "spirit" of the original imperative sentence.
Bigboss? Wow! Thanks, Coco! Smile

I'm afraid that sentence isn't possible, my friend. There are instances with the construction

Let + direct object + base verb,

but it's extremely formal and even considered archaic. You'll rarely hear this construction used these days except in a pat sentence such as Let the games begin!
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Bigboss? Wow! Thanks, Coco!

I think by "bigboss," Coco meant my nickname, not you, Richard.Smile BTW, I'm sorry I have such a username. It's just for fun.Smile



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But that's just a statement of fact, so it doesn't really capture the "spirit" of the original imperative sentence.

Yes, of course.Smile
Aw, and here I thought Coco was calling me a bigboss, too. Frown LOL

Here's a teachable moment, as they say. My confusion was a result of Coco using a comma between our screen names rather than saying and. If I'd read Thank you, Richard and bigboss, I would have known Coco was addressing two people, but the use of just a comma made it appear as though she were referring to me alone. Ah! The wonders of punctuation vs. conjunctions! Wink

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