Is Please be advised an imperative passive, or rather advised is an adjective?

  • It's a passive imperative clause.
    – BillJ
    Sep 26 '20 at 9:41
  • Other verbs include "warn", as in "Be warned!" ("Heed this warning") / "intimidate", as in "Don't be intimidated" ("Don't allow yourself to be intimidated") / "see", as in "Don't be seen" ("Avoid being seen") / "check", as in "Get yourself checked out by your own doctor" ("Get your own doctor to check you out").
    – BillJ
    Sep 26 '20 at 10:13


Please be cautious/aware/vigilant - adjectives. They can all be preceded by "very" but the passive agent, e.g. "by me" cannot be inserted.

Please be very cautious/aware/vigilant

*Please be cautious/aware/vigilant by me

Please be advised - passive form, past participle. "Very" cannot be added and passive agent, e.g. "by me" can be inserted.

*Please be very advised

Please be advised by me.

  • What other verbs allow an imperative with a be-passive?
    – GJC
    Sep 26 '20 at 9:49
  • @GJC You obviously do not want me to list every possible English verb in every conceivable context, do you? It would take several days and you would not remember them all... All transitive verbs can be used in the passive, although whether you would use some of them in this construction is doubtful.
    – Greybeard
    Sep 26 '20 at 10:12

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