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Carry the luggage for me, _________? A. Will you B. Won't you [duplicate]

According to the answer sheet, B is the answer. Does that make A incorrect? What difference do these 2 make in the meaning? Plus, is B more polite? It seems kind of frustrated to me.
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In the sentence "Wait to be seated" is it in passive voice or is seated and adjective?

I can figure out this sentence is an imperative sentence but is the word "seated" a verb or an adjective? and is it active or passive voice?
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Continuous / Perfect (Continuous) Imperatives (with infinitive and subjunctive)

Sometimes it's necessary to use a specific aspect of tenses (simple, continuous, perfect, perfect continuous), but when we ask people to do something should (can) we use the same aspects in order to ...
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Imperative: how to distinguish independent clauses and a compound predicate?

Consider the following imperative-sentence structure Do 𝑋 and do 𝑌. (Source: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Commas/faq0067.html ) where I believe (but do not know this ...
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When do you use the imperative? [closed]

What are the right times to use imperative? If you are familiar with philosophy, there is the question about what makes an imperative true. I suspect an answer to that question would shed light here. ...
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imperative + will you?

What effect does the "will you?" tag at the end of a question have? To my ear, it sounds a little rude, adds emphasis. "Be quiet, will you?" As compared with the bare imperative ...
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The use of "please" in instructions

I'm translating instructions for my company's employees on how to enter data into a database. Most of the instructions are phrased as statements rather than imperatives (e.g. "In this field XX ...
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'Let not + noun/pronoun' vs 'Let + noun/pronoun + not'

I know that the sentence "Do not let him go" sounds okay. Now-a-days the phrase "Let not" is, however, old-fashioned ("Let me not to the marriage of true minds" sonnet ...
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Comma before independent clause of imperative sentence [closed]

It is considered good style to place a comma before or when it begins an independent clause. An independent clause is a clause which could stand alone as its own sentence, because it has its own ...
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Can the same thing be said as both an imperative sentence and an interrogative sentence?

"Guess what it is going to be next." "Guess what is it going to be next?" Do both the sentences express the same thing i.e. asking or instructing the listener to guess?
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Reduced adverb clause in the imperative sentences

1- (I - implied subject) Thank you for being a good listener unshortened situation: I thank you because you are a good listener 2- (You - implied subject) Promise her for being a good listener ...
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Is it wrong to say "be reminding me in your prayers?"

Is it wrong to say "be reminding me in your prayers?" Most often when we ask people to pray for us, they initially answer by saying they always pray for us. So I perceived such thoughts and ...
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The difference between 'Don't do something' and 'Not do something'

The difference between 'Don't do something' and 'Not do something' For example, as following scene: A: I want to buy toy? B: Don't buy toy! Could I just say not buy toy? There are any difference ...
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Can "You, too" be a negative short reply to a negative command, if you want to tell him not to do what he has just wanted you not to

Suppose there are two people. One of them tells the other to do something and the other wants the other person to do the same. So, A tells B "Eat an apple", B wants A to do the same thing. ...
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Reported speech with two parts

When we turn direct reported speech into indirect reported speech, the rules are different depending on whether the speech is an imperative or a statement. Direct: He told her "Turn right at the ...
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Which sentence is it? Causative or imperative?

"Let not thine eyes be blind", my son. I think it is imperative because it is just an advice to her son to take care of himself.
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Can imperatives function as interjections?

I have no direct example, but sentences like 'Look! it doesn't work,' and 'listen! I have no time' make me wonder if imperatives can function as interjections, so a comma can be between an imperative ...
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Why isn’t the third person singular used in “The Lord bless you”?

I saw the following statement within the Longman Dictionary: The Lord bless you and keep you. But I think it should be like below: The Lord blesses you and keeps you. Because The Lord is a single ...
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"Except for" before an imperative sentence

Except for Louisa, who’s away in Berlin this weekend, we’ll all be at the party. The first example is from Cambridge Dictionary. Move all the furniture except the desk to the first floor. Except for ...
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Omitting pronouns like "it" or "they"

In a style guide for writers by Apple there are a lot of sentences like alternate Don't use when you mean alternative. America, American Refers to both North and South America. Don't use when you ...
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What does the word "just" mean in this context?

It was written on a T-shirt: "Do not disturb. Just don't." What does "just" mean here? Does it mean that all I want is that you don't disturb? There is a difference of opinion ...
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Imperative form: Have or Make?

I was listening Somebody That I Used Know (Gotye ft. Kimbra), I realize there's a phrase that is in the base form. Have your friends collect your records and then change your number... ...had me ...
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Is this an order or a suggestion?

So, I have been with a friend shopping. After we bought almost everything, I have seen some shoes and I wanted to suggest him nicely then he can get some this shoes. He answered me rudely that he is ...
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"Use them" vs. "Place them"

A dialog between two persons, John and Mike, Mike is not a native a speaker: example 1 M: John, look at this sentence, should I place commas here and here? J: Yes, place them. example 2 J: Yes, use ...
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Could we form commands with "we, he, she, it, they & you don't": "we/they do it", "he/she open the door", "You don't do it"?

According to Cambridge grammar We use imperative clauses when we want to tell someone to do something (most commonly for advice, suggestions, requests, commands, orders or instructions). ...
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Question like imperative sentence

Is it possible to use the structure of a question but to make commands? Like these ones. Don't you talk back to me young Landy. Oh, Don't you worry. I'll be fine. I have another question. ...
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Grammar -Negative Imperative ( Weep not, Strive not.... or Don't weep)?

I would like to know if those sentences are gramatical. I believe that is an old-fashioned way of saying "don't + base verb", but I'm not sure Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value ...
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have vs. have yourself (imperative)

Why do you say Have a nice trip! but the Frank Sinatra song goes: Have yourself a merry little Christmas! What's the motivation for adding yourself? I know the motivation for adding for ...
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Imperative sentence and the following tag question

If the main sentence is an imperative sentence, such as, "Do it at once," Grammatically speaking, should the tag question that follows the imperative sentence be "will you?" or "won't you?" not "...
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Do imperative sentences have intransitive verbs?

Please guide me if the verbs in these sentences are transitive or intransitive: Please do me a favor. Close the door! Write this note. I enjoy walking in the park. I think these all ...
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Please post good answers- is it a request or an order?

Please post good answers Is the above sentence an order or a request? Since it is an imperative, it may be an order. Since the sentence begins with please, it seems to be a request. I think it is ...
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Difference between "going to" and "not going to"

I wonder what is the difference between going to and not going to in the following sentences: We're going to play football in my garden. you're not going to play football in my garden.
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"You can't do this!" vs. "You can't be doing this!" Any difference?

https://www.facebook.com/complex/videos/367883957181836/ If I were the security guard, could I just say, "You can't do this!"
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On the imperative mood

I've already learnt that if we want to make a sentence sound like imperative, there is no subject needed as in 1.Go see if she is okay! 2.Tell me if she is okay! But is it possible to include ...
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Is it simple present tense or imperative mood?

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, ...
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What is the function of "careful" in the "You be careful!" command

If I were to write, "You be careful!", you is the subject, but is the verb...what is careful? I know it's an imperative, but is it an adjective? Thanks!
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"Join us!" vs "Join in us!"

I ran today into a weird piece of English. We were a few colleagues chit-chatting on the hallway at work. Another colleague passed by, and we invited him to chat with us. I expected the invitation ...
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What's the difference between "Try not to blink" and "Try to do not blink"

I recently heard: Try not to blink. However I knew the following form: Try to do not blink. Is one of them wrong? What is the difference ?
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Equivalents to the present tense

Do this to avoid having to do the dishes. Do this to not do the dishes. I am not sure what tense the first sentence is, I feel it's in the simple present too, but I am not sure. Is there a ...
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Adverbs that modify verb in an imperative sentence

I know of only the following two adverbs that are used before the verb of an imperative sentence; Always Always have your dictionary near at hand. Always be true to yourself. Never Never mind! ...
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Imperative special cases -- "Everybody look!"

One of the Imperative Special Cases here are the Imperatives With Subject, explained as follows; Normally when we use the imperative there is no subject because the subject is obvious—it's YOU! ...
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Nuance between said to him/told him

Imperative: She said to him "Buy milk" Infinitive: She told him to buy milk. Couldn't it have been, She said to him to buy milk Although said to him doesn't sound ungrammatical, it doesn't sound ...
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Where is the object in the sentence?

In the example of John baked Mary a cake for her birthday. and John cried a river of tears over Mary. Which is the object in the sentences? Are both the object 'Mary'? If so, why?
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Are didn't and haven't imperatives?

a) Do come in! Must come in!* Should come in!* b) Don't cry! Did'nt cry!* Haven't cry!* (the asterisks represents a wrong answer.) How am I able to explain that an imperative has an understood ...
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A strange usage of a bare infinitive

Look upon this sentence please: "But again, truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you only need to look into a mirror." Why "be"? The sentence isn't in the subjunctive mood, because there'...
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When to use the plain form of a verb without "to"

To know when to use a verb with or without "to" depends always on the verb that precedes it? I am aware that after modal verbs and in imperative sentences the verb is used without the "to", Are there ...
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Could it be imperative sentence without exclamation mark?

Based on the definition of Cambridge dictionary for the "imperative sentence": a sentence that gives a command or gives a request to do something. Then, as far as I can see, command or request ...
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Can an imperative sentence be without verbs?

In English there are 4 types of sentences as it's taught in schools: 1. Declarative. 2. Interrogative. 3.Exclamatory. 4. Imperative. Now, as far as I can see, all the first three types of sentences ...
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Any difference between "don't forget it" and "don’t you forget it!"?

Sometimes it gets confusing whether we should include "you" when we want to tell someone not to do something. For insantance, normally if we want someone not to do something, we would say "Do not do ...
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Why is "Tell me about....!" not rude, but "Give me the pen!" is; whereas both are imprerative clause?

It is quite often on TV channels that when TV presenters ask their guests to talk about somehing funny or important things they often use this structure: "Tell me about XXXX". We are taught at school ...
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