What is the imperative form of the verb to prove?

The English dictionaries do not list up the imperative form.

  • Most all English Imperative forms are merely the verb with no subject. – Tory Sep 17 '14 at 19:44
  • After searching for "prove imperative", I found the answer on www.verbix.com: verbix.com/webverbix/English/prove.html. – ColleenV Sep 17 '14 at 20:14
  • Thank you very much, ColleenV. I have been looking for an online English verb conjugator, apparently not well enough! I appreciate you sharing the link! – Akitirija Sep 17 '14 at 20:40
  • Er, you do realize that the verb form used in an imperative is the same verb form that is used by a dictionary for that entry? That is, the lexical base of the verb (e.g. be) is used for that verb's entry in a dictionary, and it is also used for the imperative. – F.E. Sep 17 '14 at 21:18
  • F.E., thank you. I probably learned that once way back, but no, I did not remember this. You saved me from a lot of work the next time I need an imperative form. – Akitirija Sep 17 '14 at 21:27

It's "prove", as in

For homework, prove this theorem.


You're wrong!

Oh, yeah?  Prove it!

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  • Why not "for THE homework"? – Anixx Sep 18 '14 at 0:52
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    @Anixx: I suppose there are various phrases that could be acceptable: “For your homework”, “For tonight’s homework”, “This homework problem”, etc. I would tend not to use “the” because I’m looking at “homework” as a collective/uncountable noun. I would not use “the” in “For exercise, run up and down the stairs” or “For practice, recite your speech in an empty room.” See When can an article be omitted? – Scott Sep 18 '14 at 15:08

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