• Imperatives are verbs used to give orders, commands, warning or instructions, and to make a request.

For example:

–      Give me that tape, please!

To make the imperative, use the infinitive of the verb without “to”.

–      Come here!

–      Sit down!

To make a negative, put “do not” or “don’t” before the verb.

For examples:

–      Don’t go!

–      Do not walk on the grass.

You can also use “let’s” before the verb if you are including yourself in the imperative. The negative of “let’s” is “let’s not”.

For examples:

–      Let’s stop now.

–      Let’s not tell her about it.

  1. Orders

Adults do not usually give each other orders, unless they are in a position of authority. However, adults can give orders to children and to animals. The intonation of an order is important, each word is stressed and the tone falls at the end of the sentence.



For example:

–      Sit down now!

2. Warning

You can use the imperative to warn someone of danger. All the words in the warning are stressed, but the last word has a higher tone than the first word.

For examples:

–      Don’t cross!

–      Look out!

3. Advice

When you give advice using the imperative, the words are stressed normally.

For examples:

–      Don’t drink alcohol.

–      Don’t eat heavy meals.

4. Request

You can also use the imperative to make a request, but you should use a polite word before the verb.

For examples:

–      Please wait here.

–      Please don’t smoke here.








  • Example of announcement that using imperative sentence.



















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