the below-mentioned question is asked in my exam, I think my answer is correct, please tell if I am right, I have to challenge the question in 2 days if its answer given is wrong.

correct answer is given by examiner.
candidate answer is the answer I ticked as correct.

In the following question, a sentence has been given in Active/Passive voice. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Passive/Active voice.

I will keep your secret.


1) Keeping of your secret will be done by me.
2) I will be keeping the secret of you.
3) Your secret would be kept by me.
4) Your secret I will be keeping.

Correct Answer: Your secret would be kept by me.
Candidate Answer: Keeping of your secret will be done by me.

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    "Your secret will be kept my me" is fine ("would" has a different meaning"). – BillJ Apr 14 '18 at 10:15
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    I concur with BillJ. Answer 1, your choice, is awkward, but the only correct answer. Answer 3, the examiner's choice, inaccurately translates indicative will in the original to would, which is either future-in-past or modally remote. – StoneyB on hiatus Apr 14 '18 at 10:44
  • Ram, I sympathize with the urgency of your question, but please write descriptive titles for your questions so that other learners will be able to find and benefit from the answers. – ColleenV Apr 14 '18 at 11:30

Appreciating that the original questioner has long since ceased to need an answer, but understanding that other people might want to look at this, I'll replicate the basic answer found in the comments, with a little more explanation.

Sometimes flipping active to passive (and vice versa) can be complicated, but in this case it is easy. It's a simple future indicative, nothing to complicate matters. As usual, you put the object of the active voice (your secret) in as the subject, use the auxiliary to be in the same tense as the original (will be), the original verb changes to past participle (kept) and throw in the 'by' clause with the original subject (by me).

Your secret will be kept by me

There's no reason to move to the progressive participle keeping; you would generally only do that if the original were in the progressive aspect, too.

Whoever set the test for some reason mutated the future indicative auxiliary will into would. That is incorrect, certainly in terms of normal native usage in British or American English. "Your secret would be kept by me" would normally be a subjunctive, accompanying a conditional clause, or perhaps in response to a "what if?" question. "And what if I told you?" "Your secret would be kept by me." It can also be used for the-future-in-the-past, such as "you did not know that your secret would be kept by me".

Option 1 is actually using a gerund phrase rather than a passive voice for to keep. It is a noun phrase, and is grammatically valid and all that, but it isn't passive voice. The gerund phrase is "keeping of your secret", and it is a noun phrase that represent the action that might be infinitively phrased as "to keep your secret" (the 'of' is optional in the gerund phrase, and not correct in the infinitive). It is a noun phrase describing an action, so it can the object of to do. This option does use the passive voice, however, so the gerund phrase is the subject, and it "will be done". So, it is in the passive voice, but it is not a straightforward rendering of the original active sentence into passive voice - it is over-elaborated into something that no-one would likely say.

You can tell option 2 and 4 aren't passive voice versions of the active original, because they still contain I. The first-person pronoun changes between subject and object (whether direct or indirect, or indeed involved in some sort of complement), and as the original has the subject I, the passive version should have me.

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