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Please explain how to change this interrogative sentence into passive voice.

Is he the musician for the evening?

I am not sure how to do it.

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    How can a sentence whose verb phrase is not transitive but copular be passivised?
    – BillJ
    Dec 3, 2017 at 13:19
  • I don't know. This was asked in an exam. I couldn't find a way to change this setntence into passive voice, that's why I put it out. Anyway, thanks for the reply.
    – Shivam
    Dec 3, 2017 at 14:17

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Is he the musician for the evening?

It's not possible to change the sentence into the passive as the verb be (is) is a linking verb.

You don't form passive structures with linking verbs like be, seem, become where the complement of the verb refers back to the subject. You need a transitive verb, which has an object, to form the passive. For example:

They requested me (object) to be the musician for the evening (active).

I was requested (by them) to be the musician for the evening (passive).

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He is requested to be the musician for the evening.

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