How to solve this problem?

Can we make its Passive form?

I changed it like this,

How is this problem to be solved?

Correct me, please.

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  • Your sentence is idiomatic and needs no correction. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 15 '15 at 13:03
  • How to make its Passive voice? – I don't know who I am. Jun 15 '15 at 13:10
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    "This problem is solved how?" though this would be very non-standard. How to solve this problem? itself is a problem, because it is not a complete sentence. Normally it might be "How do you solve this problem?", since problems generally don't solve themselves. – user3169 Jun 15 '15 at 15:30

I'd go with

How is this problem solved?

No "to be".

To be passive only requires "problem" to be the object of the verb ("solved"). It's over complicating it to also make the verb an infinitive ("to be").

  • Could you please give us some idea as to why? – Chenmunka Jun 15 '15 at 15:18
  • How this problem to solved? I think, this is a correct passive voice. Or how should this problem be solved? – I don't know who I am. Jun 15 '15 at 16:43
  • Sorry, How this problem to be solved? Correct – I don't know who I am. Jun 15 '15 at 16:44
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    @user124234: Unless that's just another typo on your part, you need to know that "How this problem to be solved?" is not valid English at all. You must include the finite verb form is after how, regardless of whether you follow Dylan's sound advice to forget about the pointless verbosity of the additional infinitive. – FumbleFingers Jun 15 '15 at 18:02

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