Recently I've encountered one problem which I couldn't solve myself. I have a sentence, "school classmates make the best friends", and I want to rewrite it using the passive voice. However, after rewriting the sentence I am left with a few doubts.
Firstly, if I try to use the construction "are made by" (e.g. "The best friends are made by school classmates"), it sounds somewhat funny, therefore not unuseful - to me, at least. I think that the construction "are made by" is proper only in sentences, in which the predicate meaning is close to "are manufactured by" (e.g. "Wooden doors are manufactured by workers" and so on). The same, in my opinion, goes for "are made from" (e.g. "The best friends are made from school classmates" and "tubes made from plastic"). Is that true, or is it only my vision of the problem and is it possible to rewrite the sentence with one of these constructions ?
Secondly, if I try to use this other construction, "are made at" (e.g. "The best friends are made at school"), it seems somewhat closer to the meaning of the sentence in the active voice (refreshing our memory: "School classmates make the best friends"), but... I don't know, this sounds like we are talking about the plain meaning of "make" again, that is, as the verb meaning "to create".
Finally, the best way to rewrite the sentence which I could find is "The best friends are obtained at school classes". But is it possible to rewrite the sentence using passive voice and some form of "make" verb? The main problem here, I think, is an existence of a collocation "make friends", which interferes with regular contextual usage of "made by", "made at", "made from" and so on.
Thanks in advance for reading and answering!