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When the babies arrived it would be difficult. She'd have to juggle her time between her family and his career. Depend on his awful parents for baby-sitting, or hire a nanny if need be.

Can you explain to me why the verbs "depend" and "hire" have the form of the imperative mood in the above sentence. I would await present participle, i.e. "depending" and "hiring".

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    They're not "imperatives". They're just shortenings, involving the deletion of preceding text that doesn't need to be repeated. She'd have to depend on his awful parents ... or she'd have to or hire a nanny if need be. Jun 25, 2016 at 18:07

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It is just a shortening of the sentence

(She'd have to) depend on his awful parents for baby-sitting, or (she'd have to) hire a nanny if need be

the passage could also have been written as a list

When the babies arrived it would be difficult: juggle her time between her family and her career; depend on his awful parents for baby-sitting; and hire a nanny if need be.

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