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Here's a part of the lyrics of an old song of 1960s "Johnny get angry". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslyYxN8Nlg

Oh, Johnny get angry, Johnny get mad

Give me the biggest lecture I ever had

I wonder why she says "Johnny get angry" instead of "Johnny gets angry", or "Johnny got angry". The same for Give.

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    Check out imperative sentences. ;) – Nicholas J. Nov 10 '14 at 23:49
  • @JersonZuleta I never thought it is imperative. But it makes sense. Thanks. – Makoto Kato Nov 10 '14 at 23:54
  • Original video link is now broken. As of 1-27-2017, here is a replacement: youtube.com/watch?v=pI_nk0L-cF4 – Adam Feb 27 '17 at 19:24
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The whole song is a woman complaining that her boyfriend doesn't act macho and aggressive enough. She implores him to tell her what to do, and to start fights with other guys out of jealousy. She is telling him that he should get angry — it is a command, in imperative mood.

Johnny get angry, Johnny get mad
Give me the biggest lecture that I ever had
I want a brave man, I want a cave man
Johnny show me that you care, really care for me

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