La Voix Passive with Modal Verbs

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La Voix Passive with Modal Verbs

Hi,

In a context outside these lessons, I was asked to put the following sentence in la voix passive:

"Le conducteur n'a pas pu arrêter le train à temps."

I thought it would be straightforward and answered as follows:

"Le train n'a pas été pu arrêter à temps par le conducteur."

But this was marked as false, with the correct answer being:

"Le train n'a pas pu être arrêter à temps par le conducteur."

I don't believe the use of la voix passive with modal verbs (pouvoir, devoir, vouloir) was covered explicitly in this lesson, so I wanted to ask if you could please explain these rules, since it seems they might differ from the rules presented here.

thanks, Scott


Asked 7 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Scott,

The correct answer is -

Le train n'a pas pu être arrêté à temps 

CharmondC1Kwiziq community member

Hello,

I think the question was not yet answered so i want to raise this again.

I think the  (corrected)question is, what are the rules if the erv in the active has modal verbs (ex. can drive, can speak):

"Le train n'a pas été pu arrêté à temps par le conducteur." - Wrong
"Le train n'a pas pu être arrêté à temps par le conducteur."  - Right

Based on above, rule should be

1. Take modal verb - change to corresponding compound text

2. Add infinitive être 

3. Add past participle of the other verb (ex. can drive)

Is above understanding correct, can this be added in this dicussion or have a separate discussion

La Voix Passive with Modal Verbs

Hi,

In a context outside these lessons, I was asked to put the following sentence in la voix passive:

"Le conducteur n'a pas pu arrêter le train à temps."

I thought it would be straightforward and answered as follows:

"Le train n'a pas été pu arrêter à temps par le conducteur."

But this was marked as false, with the correct answer being:

"Le train n'a pas pu être arrêter à temps par le conducteur."

I don't believe the use of la voix passive with modal verbs (pouvoir, devoir, vouloir) was covered explicitly in this lesson, so I wanted to ask if you could please explain these rules, since it seems they might differ from the rules presented here.

thanks, Scott


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