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What is the passive voice of the following sentence?

The thief climbed over the wall without being seen.

Will it be

The wall was climbed over by the thief without being seen.

or

Without being seen, the thief climbed over the wall.

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    without being seen modifies the thief as he climbs; take him or her out of the picture and that phrase becomes meaningless. Your final sentence is simply an inversion of phrase order not a passive construction. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 15 '17 at 11:12
  • Not passive in respect to climb, that is. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 15 '17 at 15:29
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The thief climbed over the wall without being seen. active

The wall was climbed over by the thief without him being seen. passive

The chef removed his toque without saying a word. active

His toque was removed by the chef without his|him saying a word. passive

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