Make sure the handles stay closed (passive)

RamonR85

New Member
Spanish - Mexico
Hi everyone, I have a question. How could I change the next sentence into passive?:

Make sure the handles stay closed.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • gengo

    Senior Member
    American English
    How could I change the next sentence into passive?:

    Make sure the handles stay closed.
    Why do you need to do this? Is it an exercise for study? If so, it is a very poor question.

    I suppose you could say "The handles are made sure to stay closed," but that structure is rather awkward.
     

    Marsianitoh

    Senior Member
    Spanish-Spain
    Why do you need to do this? Is it an exercise for study? If so, it is a very poor question.

    I suppose you could say "The handles are made sure to stay closed," but that structure is rather awkward.
    I agree, this type of exercice is ridiculous. It is an imperative sentence, maybe they expect him to come up with something like :
    Let the handles be made sure to stay closed.
    Or:
    The handles have to be made sure to stay closed.
     
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    Forero

    Senior Member
    The two verbs here are make and stay. Stay is intransitive, and make is part of the idiom make sure, which is also intransitive.

    So there is no verb to put in the passive voice.
     
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