"Click on the Open File button."
This is a common type of sentence that's communicated in technical documentation. I'm trying to understand the five properties of the verb used in sentences of these types. Please help me improve my understanding, if necessary.
- Voice: Since the omitted subject, namely, "You" is acting, the voice of the verb is active.
- Mood: Since the subject is omitted from the sentence, the mood of the verb is imperative. Moreover, the documentation is providing instruction (or orders) to the reader.
- Tense: The verb is written in the present tense.
- Person: Since the documentation is addressing the user of the software, this sentence is in the second person: "You click on the Open File button.
- Number: The verb is agreeing with the number of a singular noun, namely, "You".