Is it possible to use the structure of a question but to make commands?

Like these ones.

Don't you talk back to me young Landy.

Oh, Don't you worry. I'll be fine.

I have another question.

Can simple present and present continuous also be used as imperative?

You sit right there.

Think about a situation where someone is about to leave but you don't want them to. So you tell them: You sit right there.

Obviously you're not stating a fact that that person is sitting there but you're giving them command.

I have seen this kind of sentences in movies and series a lot(and I mean a lot ).

Am I right about them? If they are not imperative, what are they?


Your first two examples don't have the structure of questions. They are imperative. If you are asking whether the meanings can be cast as questions, I can't imagine it.

"You sit right there." is definitely imperative. It's not a continuous form.

You might say "You are sitting right there". That would be continuous, and not imperative. It's not a likely thing to say.

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    Imperative: "And where will we sit? Let's see … You, Sally! You are sitting right there! – Jason Bassford Apr 28 '20 at 0:36
  • Well, with the exclamation point! Still, I'd say that's declarative, with imperative force. – Jack O'Flaherty Apr 28 '20 at 1:05
  • I don't know. I'm inclined to say it follows intent more: "Say, Sally … " [gestures with his gun] "I really think you should sit over there …" In both cases, whether accompanied by an exclamation or a subtle implication, a command is being given that's exhorting action. I don't think you can have imperative force (although you can have declarative force). The main thing is if it's a command or not. – Jason Bassford Apr 28 '20 at 1:14
  • Agreed, you'd better do it. But maybe that's not grammatically an imperative. – Jack O'Flaherty Apr 28 '20 at 1:17
  • According to Practical Grammar, by Maxine Ruviinsky, the imperative mood is "to give a command or request … Note that the subject of the imperative is you, often implied rather than stated." The classic examples are just how it's commonly phrased. But the two variations I gave are still examples of a command or request. – Jason Bassford Apr 28 '20 at 1:22

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