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Imperative

( Free Online English Grammar Lessons )

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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
I'm dead serious, just check the prices on your phone.
Don't judge it, just enjoy the holiday, Diego!
Congratulations! Please come this way!
Yeah, please just throw it in the bin.
Okay, that's fine, enjoy your breakfast then.
Come on! Let me introduce you to them.
Yeah, I can give you a kiss, come here.
Okay, let's go!
Alright, let me check that for you.
Don't act like you don't understand.
He might be overly excited, try not to hold him too tight.
Oh god! Look at the queues at the counters.
I can hear you, don't hang up, Jen!
Please don't get the half price ones.
Yeah, let's give it a go and see what happens.
Let me tell you a true story...
A tenner is fine, let's see the cash first.
What!? Please don't say you made them catch an actual wasp.
Enjoy! Don't wake me up when you get home!
Let me ask.


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