Imperative Mood for beginners

If you're wondering what the word 'imperative' means, in grammar, imperatives are verbs that are used to tell somebody what to do or not to do.

"Imperative Mood" in English Grammar

What Is Imperative Mood?

The 'imperative mood' is a verb form that is used to give orders or make people do something. For example:

Go to your room!

Start!

Respect your mother!

Using Imperative Mood

The imperative mood is formed by using the base form of the main verb at the beginning of the sentence. They are usually ended with an exclamation mark. Look at the examples:

Finish your meal!

Speak to your doctor!

Bring the keys, please!

a sentence in the imperative mood

Tips!

1. The subject of these sentences is the pronoun you that is omitted from the sentence but it can also be mentioned for more emphasis. Check out the examples:

You drink your milk!

You behave well!

2. Even one single main verb can be an imperative mood. check out the examples:

Go!

Start!

3. To make a polite order, you can use the term 'please' at the end of the sentence. A 'comma' is required before the word 'please.' Check out the examples:

Close the door, please!

Shave your beard, please!

Read the text, please!

Negative Orders or Demands

To make negative orders, or in other words, to make somebody not do something, all you have to do is to place 'do not' (or don't) at the beginning of a sentence. Here are some examples:

Don't touch my hair!

Don't show me the cat!

Do not drink water in the class!

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