He was demanded “to confess” to the robbery.

He was demanded “that he should” confess to the roberry.

I wonder whether these two sentences are correct. When we use “demand” as in a passive voice, can we use “to infinitive” or “that clause”?

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    In English we can't use demand in the same way as ask. It means 'ask for' or 'ask a question sternly'. You could say The police demanded a confession from him or "Confess to the robbery!" the inspector demanded. Oct 19, 2020 at 11:15
  • What @KateBunting said. But you can use several other verbs which are far more forceful than asked for such contexts. He was made / coerced / compelled / forced / obliged / pressured to confess. Oct 19, 2020 at 12:44

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A more normal construction would be: "It was demanded that he confess to the robbery" or "They demanded that he confess to the robbery"

Note that I didn't use quotes within either of my examples.

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