Questions tagged [imperative-sentences]

For questions about sentences use to give instructions, orders, or commands. For example "Sit down!" or "Do not leave your luggage unattended."

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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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Imperative form of second conditional?

I'm already familiar with the imperative form of first conditional, for example: tell me if you need something alert the guards if you see anything suspicious. but how about the use of second ...
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Shouldn't it be “Nobody touch him!”

I heard in a movie Nobody touches him! Shouldn't it be in the imperative form, like "Nobody move!"? Background: from Brubaker After Redford's character aggravated the members of the prison board,...
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Convert “want not*, waste not” to the passive voice

Please convert Waste not, want not to the passive voice. (This was asked in an exam, by the way.) Normally, converting a sentence to the passive voice requires a clear subject and object, which ...
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Is “Be noticed that…” considered correct in use of an imperative sentence?

If I want to request attention of a hearer, I know that I can create an imperative sentence such as: "Be aware that there are some exceptions." or "Be note that there are are some exceptions."...
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Can we use be in its basic form without any auxiliary verb?

Be can be used without auxiliary But for commands. For example Be cool Be stylish Be as you are But what about this sentence Peace be upon you?
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Difference between “let the party get started” and “let's get the party started”

What's the difference between 2 sentences? Or specifying the question: Can "let's get the party started" be interpreted the way -> Let the party get started for us -> like "experience" form of ...
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Let's get the party started =? Let's start the party

What does the sentence of "let's get the party started" mean? Or in general what does the meaning of get sth past participle?
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The meaning of “Actually” at the beginning of a sentence followed by an imperative

What is the exact meaning of "actually" at the beginning of a sentence, followed by an imperative, like: Actually write down the rules. Edit: More context: The writer who has written this sentence ...
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Please vs Kindly [duplicate]

The word "please" is similar to "kindly". But somehow when I thought of using them, the approach is kind of different. When using "please" you'd like to ask for assistance. While using "kindly", ...
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“Please come to me” or “Please come here” or “Please come to my desk.” [closed]

In my workplace many of my colleague are using the phrase "Please come to me" is that a correct a sentence?
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<verb> yourself <adjective> (eg: “eat yourself skinny”)

I ran into such phrases: eat yourself skinny sleep yourself to death run yourself thin As far as I understood from the context they mean: eat until you become skinny sleep until you die run until ...
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“Stop talking now!” or “You must stop talking now.”

Which one is more commonly used (in this context) ? Imperative form or must? I don't believe you, stop talking now! I don't believe you, you must stop talking now.
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What type of grammatical construction is “Look at the mess you're in”?

There is the sentence such as "Look at the mess you're in". What is it mean? And could you write me some more examples? So maybe I'll understand the grammatical constructions better.
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What is the verb form of “as you would have them do unto you”?

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How would linguists or grammarians characterize "would" in this saying, as far as English grammar rules go?
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Is this a dangling sentence?

Below is a paragraph I've come across on BBC. Is the first sentence dangling? The paragraph is introduced earlier in the article as part of a section in which business leaders "share their plans or ...
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Imperative with go (go do something )

I saw imperative sentences with the above-mentioned pattern with verbs "go", "come". The verbs are sometimes joined with "and". I understand it as informal usage with the first verb used as "...
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Correct passive voice version of “Do not disturb me”

This multiple-choice question appeared in an exam: Change the voice active /passive: Do not disturb me. Options: A. Let me not be disturbed. B. Let I not be disturbed. C. Let disturb me not. D. ...
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Several verbal complement for “warn”

Consider: The government warned Tehran's citizens to stay at home, close windows, don't walk in streets, don't sport in parks and finally try to travel to another city if they can. Must it be "not ...
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Imperative in reported speech

I've been told that I should use simple past in reported speech when the direct speech is in simple present such as I **am** the best ~> He said he **was** the best but what happens for ...
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Requesting someone to ask a question of another person

Which one would be correct, please a) Just ask him if he has received the payment b) Just ask him has he received the payment c) Just ask him whether he has received the payment
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Can we add subject 'you' in the imperative sentence?

Can we add subject 'you' in the imperative sentence? Without studying regularly, don't expect to get high marks. → Without studying regularly, you don't expect to get high marks.
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Why are imperative verbs used in computer science?

I came across such a question when I needed to design some diagrams, take the below diagram as an instance. As you clearly see, all verbs are imperative, I think it depends on the point of view ...
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Is 'Ladies center, men sashay, left allemande.' a complete and grammatical sentence?

Source: https://www.google.co.in/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=B2NRV_X_F8WL8Qe-xpvwDg#q=sashay+meaning Ladies center, men sashay, left allemande. Roll away with a half sashay, then face your original ...
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Use of be+infinitive in different meanings

I know that be + infinitive is used for order, instruction and plan but some of the example sentences are confusing to me they are: I'm to go now. ( what's the meaning of this sentence ?) Mr ...