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I am having trouble turning these sentences into active/passive voice. I have tried but the active/passive meaning contradicts with the main meaning.

1. I saw him reading a book.(Passive)
2. Dr. Yunus was awarded the Nobel Prize for micro-credit system.(Active)
3. He was expected to be faithful.(Active)
4. It is time to close the door.(Passive)
5. Let me do it.(Passive)

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The passive voice of your first sentence will be:

  1. He was seen reading a book (by me).

The second and the third sentences are written in passive voice. To make them active, you should change them to:

  1. The committee (or anyone else) awarded Dr. Yunus the Nobel Prize for micro-credit system.

  2. Someone expected him to be faithful.

The passive voice of the fourth sentence is:

  1. It's time for the door to be closed. (considering it as an imperative sentence, you may also say "The door has to be closed now.")

An imperative sentence has the following structure in the passive voice:

Let + object + be + past participle

So the passive voice of the last sentence will be like this:

  1. Let it be done by me. (or Let me be allowed to do)
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  1. I saw him reading a book.

The main verb, "saw", becomes "was seen"; the object "him" becomes the subject "he", and the subject "I" becomes "by me". So the result is: He was seen reading a book by me.

  1. Dr. Yunus was awarded the Nobel Prize for micro-credit system.

This is already in the passive voice. If we want to make it active, then we change "was awarded" to "awarded", make "Dr. Yunus" the object, and add a subject: Someone awarded Dr. Yunus the Nobel Prize for micro-credit system.

  1. He was expected to be faithful.

This is also already in the passive voice, so change "was expected" to "expected", make "he" the object, and add a subject: Someone expected him to be faithful.

  1. It is time to close the door.

This sentence can't be put in the passive voice because the main verb is "is", which is a form of "to be", and the verb "to be" cannot be used in the passive voice.

However, as helen's answer points out, instead of putting the entire sentence in the passive voice, it's possible to just put the phrase "to close the door" in the passive voice.

  1. Let me do it.

helen's answer describes how to put this in the passive voice.

  • "4. It is time that the door should be closed." If i do like this. Will it be correct ? – Sobhani Sep 5 '18 at 17:32

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