How to say "Be quiet.", which is a command, in passive voice?

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    Is there a stylistic need for a this or is it just out of curiosity?
    – Mitch
    Oct 8, 2012 at 2:59

6 Answers 6


Only transitive verbs can form passive constructions and be is not a transitive verb.


Quiet is a predicate adjective, and almost all predicate adjectives are intransitive. Passive can only apply to a transitive predicate.

Be is an auxiliary verb, required to hold the tense for the predicate adjective; no auxiliary verb ever governs Passive. Indeed, the Passive construction uses be itself.


It seems like "Silence would be appreciated." captures the meaning without being a command.


"Let yourself be quieted" is a command in passive voice. While grammatically correct, it is also extremely convoluted, and sounds awkward.

"Let yourself be quietened" would be another British English variant, but no less awkward.

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    'Quieten'? This is less than rare, it is unheard of in American English.
    – Mitch
    Oct 8, 2012 at 2:58
  • @Mitch I've updated the answer to offer the American version, and more importantly to offer a command that actually uses the passive voice.
    – Ergwun
    Oct 8, 2012 at 13:17
  • @Mitch It's on the rise ... Ngrams: books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – Greybeard
    Jan 22, 2021 at 12:06
  • @Greybeard Yes and seems to be acceptable by some. But always compare rises against the common alternatives, 'quieten' almost flat lines next to 'quiet' (as a verb). It still sounds like a malapropism to me.
    – Mitch
    Jan 22, 2021 at 15:54

Try this:

The unruly class was quieted down by the teacher sharply whacking her yardstick on her desk.


Be quiet : according to my point of view,this sentence will need verb to request to be into passive otherwise it won't change


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