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How can this sentence be changed into passive voice:

"My mother let me play today."

which one is correct:

  1. I was let to play today by my mother.
  2. I was let play today by my mother.
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  • What is your question? Please review and make clear what you are asking? Oct 4, 2019 at 16:31
  • I just realized that: I was let to play by my mother. could mean: my mother rented me out to play. Believe me, please, to let someone do something cannot be made passive.
    – Lambie
    Oct 4, 2019 at 20:15

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The technically correct answer is

I was let to play by my mother

but let is not usually used this way and will sound awkward. It sounds so awkward that you should consider it incorrect to use.

A native speaker will probably think you're trying to say I was left to play by my mother.

You should say I was allowed to play by my mother instead.


Let out doesn't have this problem, though. But the meaning is slightly different.

The dog was let out by someone.

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  • "I was let to play by my mother" is technically correct? It is completely wrong. The technically correct form would be: "I was allowed to play by my mother." or: "My mother let me play".
    – Lambie
    Oct 4, 2019 at 17:09
  • It's "right" if you strictly follow syntax/grammar rules (let has same forms in all tenses including past participle) - and I'm pretty sure in passive voice you have to explicitly specify "to" for any infinitival complement - but you are right in that no one says that and it will be really jarring to hear/say.
    – LawrenceC
    Oct 4, 2019 at 21:22
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"My mother let me play today".

There is no passive here given as "was let". The verb allow must be used to give a passive meaning. let means allow. Please note: My mother allowed me to play today.

"I was allowed to play by my mother today".

The only passive use is when let means let out or rent, as is:

  • Who let the dogs out? [like the song]

  • The dogs were let out by me.

  • Who let (out) this apartment?

  • This apartment was let out by an agent.

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