When we command somebody to do something, we told him not to do things on purpose.

Verbs such as "spill" or "bump" are often used in accidental situations.

Can we use these verbs in command forms, for example, "don't spill water", "don't bump into objects"?

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Yes, you can use these verbs in command forms!

Here's some example sentences:

"Don't spill water, these electronics aren't waterproof."

"Don't spill water on the carpet again."

"Don't bump into my art project, it's fragile."

"Don't bump into people without apologizing afterwards."

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    Also helpful would be to mention that the ‘command form’ is called the imperative mood. Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 6:27
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    We can also say "Be careful not to spill any water." Commented Sep 13, 2020 at 8:23

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