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Can “barge in” be used as an informal and quirky way of saying “come in” and “come on in”?

I am looking for a specific US expression. An informal way of saying "all right, come on in" to a very good friend in a situations as follows: The (drunk) friend who is barging into my suit suite ...
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Don't you do this vs Don't do this

Could anyone clarify, please, what the difference between these two sentences is? I heard an American woman say to her child: "Don't you do this!"
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Does -able have an imperative meaning?

In a question on SO I ran into a question about the meaning of word "closeable". As far as I know (and my teachers taught me so) it has two meanings: possible to close should be closed The ...
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Is “Have Fun!” in Imperative Mood?

Also, what about the following: Be safe. Think different. Drive safely. My guess is that these are, but just confirming in case there is a catch.
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Why do sentences that start with “guess” end with a question mark?

To me, sentences that start with "Guess" are in the imperative mood, thus, should end with a period: Guess who's coming to town. Guess what we had for dinner last night. Why do a lot of ...
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“It is to be discussed”, what is the infinitive doing in this sentence?

It is to be discussed. Is be + infinitive forming the future tense here? You are to be dressed and ready by 8:00. I was thinking it's almost commanding (or speaking of a command) but this ...
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Comma after address

Here's an example: Chocolate lovers rejoice! Chocolate lovers, rejoice! To my understanding, the first one says that chocolate lovers are rejoicing and in the second one, we are asking ...
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Should I always insert “and” between two verbs in imperative mode?

As far as I understand, the word and is usually inserted between two verbs used in imperative mood in English. For example, “Go and make me a drink.” How obligatory is this? Can I claim that it is ...
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Active to Passive voice: “Go to School Now”

How would you convert the imperative sentence: "Go to school now." to the passive voice? While discussing it in class, our teacher gave the following solution: "You are ordered to go to school now." ...
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Is there a passive form of “let him sleep”? [closed]

Is it possible to use passive voice without an object? If so, how would it be phrased?
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Do you separate an imperative after a conjunction by a comma?

I want you to go and ask him the price, but don't tell him I sent you. Is this a main clause followed by a coordinating clause (imperative)? Pour the vodka into the glass, and add orange ...
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Are there any other cases where it is okay to infer the subject?

Attempting to research when the subject being inferred is okay. Only example I've been able to find is imperative sentences. Are there any other cases that it is okay to infer the subject?
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is “imperative” correct here

I am writing a piece of software related to meetings. Participants are invited to a meeting using a button which the command "invite" is written to be pressed by the person who wished to do the ...
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Imperative + and, or Imperative + then

Imperative + and, or Imperative + then. Which one is more correct? Does anyone know? please answer me. Study hard, and you will become a great teacher. Study hard, then you will become a great ...
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Archaic conjugation of imperative verbs [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn the archaic conjugation (for fun) and I wonder if the imperative verbs in the archaic form can be conjugated with -est for the second person singular (ex: Eatest thy vegetables). ...
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Active to Passive [duplicate]

Active: Don't ask me the question. Passive: Don't let myself be asked the question by you. Is it correct? If not, please provide the correct answer.
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Is “Rouse me not” grammatically permissible? [duplicate]

In A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, he writes that the “words” [see footnote] of House Grandison are Rouse Me Not. Is this grammatically correct? Does English allow such word-scrambling ...
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On the verb form in the first clause of constructions using “and” to connect action and consequence

Consider the following: You do this one more time and I'll slap you. What form is "do"? I'd like to say it is the bare infinitive (see below), but I'm led to believe that it is the present ...
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Is it “get” or “gets” in “Nobody move and nobody get(s) hurt”? [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? 1.) "Nobody move and nobody gets hurt." or should it be, 2.) "Nobody move and nobody get hurt." Here's some related info in wikipedia.
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Does 'should' imply an unquestionable command?

My question is prompted by a question on the programmers.stackexchange: This may be a duplicate of another question here on english.stackechange, but the answers given to that question did not ...
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Omitting commas in brief statements

In a brief exhortation followed by the name of a sports team, such as "Let's go, Dodgers!" or "Go, Phillies!" is it ever appropriate to omit the comma?
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Difference between “Please don't be long” and “Please don't YOU be long”

In the song "Blue Jay Way" from the Beatles, we've got the following lyrics : Please don't be long Please don't you be very long I'm (obviously) not a native English speaker but the first ...
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'Happy Christmas to all, all be epicures too.'

'Happy Christmas to all, all be epicures too.' Can anyone explain what, if any, precisely means, or adds, 'all be epicures too' after 'Happy Christmas to all'? Is it idiomatic English?
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Direct and Indirect Objects with the verbs: Give, Buy, and Bring

Both these phrases are correct, Give me it Buy me them so why are these sentences wrong? Give John it Buy John them In these sentences, "me/John" are both indirect ...
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“In the event of rain, the parade is canceled.” Is it correct?

I have found a conditional sentence "In the event of rain, the parade is canceled." on page http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/in+the+event+of I have thought that main clause of such conditional ...
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Imperative + which, should [duplicate]

I'm about to post an ad for our company survey but I'm not sure which of the following (the position of should) is correct. Take the survey on which computer should our company get next. or ...
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imperative and intransitive

I'm translating two poems into English and I have two questions -- hopefully someone will be able to help me with them... First, I needed to know whether I can simply use "See!" as a sentence ...
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Should “Have your peer partner send you her plans” be considered a directive?

If you tell a person to have someone do something, is that considered a command? Our boss sent an email which told us to "have your peer partner send you her plans". Should that be considered a ...
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Imperative followed by “rather than”?

Have in mind what you want to take a picture of beforehand - shoot a single shot rather than taking many random pictures. I came across this sentence and I'm confused about the verb following ...
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How do I compose an imperative sentence that tells a parent to “Ask” a child?

We are putting together a kit of picture books and a narrative on how parents can use the books to help a child with early literacy. We want to use an imperative sentence to tell the parent to ask the ...
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Imperative vs. Declarative (can a third grader or his parents tell the difference?)

My 3rd grade son was supposed to write a series of sentences, and write whether they were "imperative" or "declarative" (or "interogative" or "exclamatory", but those aren't relevant for this ...
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Colon usage after an imperative sentence in survey instructions

Consider a survey question that asks a question and then gives instruction about how to respond. For example, Is this a sample survey question? Check all that apply: __ yes __ no Is it ...
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Is this an imperative sentence?

Is this sentence an imperative sentence, or does it have conditional meaning? You hang around with riffraff like the Weasleys and that Hagrid, and it’ll rub off on you.
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What kind of form is “don’t anyone”?

Does English have third-person imperatives, or only second-person ones? Consider: Jeff, turn the heat in here way down, please, but don’t anyone turn his suit heater on. We need to get used to that ...
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Correctness of “Let go!”

I yelled Let go! to my son while he was pulling his sister's arm. My husband says it's incorrect. I have no idea. Is it correct?
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Imperative vs. cohortative in a scientific paper

Which of the following is more correct to use in a scientific paper? Consider the set A..., Recall that the set A..., Put the set A... or Let us consider the set A..., Let us recall that ...
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What, in this context, is wrong with using the progressive tense?

In just a couple of years, low-carbohydrate diets have accomplished what the government has failed to do in decades of trying: convince the public that refined grains are bad and whole grains ...
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Word order in imperative sentence

What are the correct possibilities for word order in the following sentence? Is there any general rule for imperative sentences? (Like SVOMPT?) Please, check regularly the updated information about ...
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Third person imperative recommendations/suggestions/requests

My question is on the grammatical correctness of the following sentence with regard to the form of the verb 'join': The plan is that the group join the party. Other sentences that I think ...
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Is “put” imperative in this sentence?

In a writing exercise I sent to my English teacher, she wrote some comments evaluating my writing. Some comments were about what I did, and others were about what I should do. In the sentences about ...