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?

When we want to order or ask someone to do or not do something, we use the imperative mood. Take a look at these examples:

I go to my room. → Go to your room!

You need to start. → Start!

You should respect your mother. → Respect your mother!

Structure

The imperative mood is formed by using the base form of the main verb at the beginning of the sentence, without a subject. Imperative sentences are often ended with an exclamation mark, but in some cases, they can end with a full stop. Look at the examples:

Finish your meal!

Speak to your doctor!

Bring the keys, please.

a sentence in the imperative mood

Tip!

A single main verb can be an imperative sentence, as long as it is used in the base form and without a subject. Check out the examples:

Go!

Start!

Negative Imperative

To give a negative command or order, you can use the phrase 'do not' (or 'don't') at the beginning of a sentence. This is used to tell someone to not do something. Here are some examples:

Don't touch my hair!

Don't show me the cat!

Do not drink water in the class!

Please!

To make a polite request or order, you can use the word 'please' at the end of the imperative sentence. When using 'please,' it is important to use a 'comma' before the word. Check out the examples:

Close the door, please!

Shave your beard, please!

Read the text, please!

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