The sentence when did I meet you? Is an interrogative sentence, Its voice would be: when were you met by me?

But the given sentence is When I met you. This is not an interrogative sentence. This sentence also starts with a conjunction as per the question. Because there is not an auxiliary verb used. This is also not a simple sentence. Because it starts with a conjunction.

It is a declarative sentence. Here when the conjunction is used to write an adjective clause. --------when--------. so we have clarified that it is a part of complex sentence.

There's a contradiction in its passive voice. Because sometimes in some situations it should not be considered as a complete sentence.

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    Can you offer a reason for converting to passive? Commented May 23 at 15:28
  • Of course it's a sentence. It begins with a capital letter and ends with a terminal point.
    – BillJ
    Commented May 23 at 16:50

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'When I met you' is a subordinate clause, not a sentence.

'When I met you.' is fine as a standalone sentence fragment in response to a question, say. The passivisation 'When you were met by me' is possible, but clunky.

Note that 'meet' can be used (to mean a chance occurrence, a 'bumping into each other'), as a †'reciprocal verb' (ie a commutative verb, as with 'X married Y' = 'Y married X'), when passivisation is (in this example) unacceptable:

  • John met James quite by chance on Blackpool promenade.


  • James met John quite by chance on Blackpool promenade.


  • J... and J... met quite by chance on Blackpool promenade.)


  • *James was met by John quite by chance on Blackpool promenade.


The other sense involves prior arrangement:

  • John met James at the station as he had promised.

and passivisation is fine:

  • James was met by John at the station as John had promised.

†see Tal Siloni; Reciprocal Verbs and Symmetry


"When you were met by me." is the passivation of this sentence. But it seems to be very uneven Because this is a Clause ------------ sometimes considered as a sentence ----. So if it can be considered as a sentence as follows Because a clause expresses an action or a state of being, a clause can often-but not always-function as an independent sentence. A sentence can have just one clause or it can have multiple clauses. The only defining characteristic of a clause is that it must contain a related subject and verb. Means it can be converted into passive voice


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