English

Imperative

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Imperative Form : ( Base form (verb 1) )

In English we use imperatives to :

  • give very strong advice 
  • give instructions
  • give orders

The positive imperative is the same as the infinitive. The negative imperative is don't + infinitive.   

Notes for use of imperatives :

In English an imperative sentence does not require a subject; the pronoun "you" is implied. 

Imperative Example Sentences : 

Positive Examples of Imperatives :

  • Stop smoking. 
  • Do more exercise. 
  • Eat more vegetables.  
  • Do your homework!  

Negative Examples of Imperatives :

  • Don't eat a lot of salt. 
  • Don't drink too much alcohol. 
  • Don't be a couch potato. 
  • Don't show your partner your questions.
Imperative example sentences
Yes okay, let's go inside so I can show you the house.
Okay, just tell us how much they pay, then.
See you girls, have fun.
Let me google it!
Don't act like you don't understand.
Please don't get the half price ones.
Okay, let's check the blue ones first then.
He might be overly excited, try not to hold him too tight.
Oh god! Look at the queues at the counters.
That's a good idea, let me get him then.
I can hear you, don't hang up, Jen!
Forget about what I said about Jen and Mike!
Michael, grab the door knob and pull it as hard as you can!
Hi Diego, please don't unleash Bear for now.
Just give me a call 15 minutes before you arrive.
Yeah, please just throw it in the bin.
Don't judge it, just enjoy the holiday, Diego!
Yes, just ask me!
Yes, we have paper towels, I can clean it up, don't worry!
Let me tell you a true story...


Be going to
Be going to passive
Be used to / Get used to
Comparative
Defining relative clause
Echo tag
Expression
First conditional
Future
Future continuous
Future perfect continuous
Future perfect passive
Future perfect simple
Future simple passive
Greeting
Have/Get something done
Imperative
Implied conditional
Indirect question
Infinitive of purpose
Interjection
Mixed conditional
Modal
Modal passive
Non-defining relative clause
Other
Past continuous
Past continuous passive
Past perfect continuous
Past perfect passive
Past perfect simple
Past simple
Past simple passive
Polite request / offer / suggestion
Present continuous
Present continuous passive
Present perfect continuous
Present perfect passive
Present perfect simple
Present simple
Present simple passive
Question tag
Reduced relative clause
Reported speech imperative
Reported speech question
Reported speech request
Reported speech statement
Second conditional
Short answer
Superlative
Third conditional
Used to / would (past habit)
Was/were going to
Was/were supposed to
Wish
Would rather
Zero conditional