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Questions tagged [imperative]

Questions regarding use of the Imperative mood - commands or instructions.

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Is the phrase “come fast” a grammatically correct imperative? [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct as a command? "Come fast." I believe this would be a correct alternative: "Come quick."
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Imperative sentence patterns …

Please let me ask you native or very well-trained Eglish speakers if there’s some patterns, rules, or formulas in regards of an imperative sentence’s structure. For example, I was reading this ...
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how to form an imperative sentence with transitive verb

How can I use a imperative sentence asking someone to perform an transitive action verb on somebody. e.g. I want my brother that he should wear shoes and make my dog also wear shoes. Is this correct ...
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Is this imperative sentence wrong: “Make sure you wouldn't use the stairs”?

In making a list of school rules, one of my students wrote the sentence "Make sure you wouldn't use the stairs." I feel that using the imperative "Make sure" followed by the modal verb "would't" is ...
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Meaning of “fast inside” (in context)

I am curious what the exact meaning of the phrase "fast inside" is, as used in this sentence by D. H. Lawrence: White savages, with motor-cars, telephones, incomes and ideals! Savages fast inside ...
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Can a proper noun be a predicative in imperatives?

I live in a city called Kobe in the western part of Japan.  Perhaps some of you might have known that it was severely hit and damaged by the Great Hanshin Earthquake some 20 years ago.  The City, ...
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Your will be done or Your will will be done [closed]

So I have seen usages of "Your will be done" in the context when some higher authority is issuing orders but shouldn't it be "Your will will be done"? it makes more semantic sense than the former.
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Is 'you are required' an imperative?

I've googled this but I cannot find an answer. The other similar threads asked was can the form of the verb 'be' be an imperative? I don't know if 'you are required' is a form of the 'be' verb. "...
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Is “Drink milk.” a legal imperative sentence? [closed]

I need to interpret simple imperative sentences. Certainly (a) "Drink the milk." is a legal imperative sentence, as are (b) "Drink a milk." and "Drink the milks.," (but with a different "milk" noun). ...
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Imperative well-wishing

Have a nice day. Have a safe flight. The yearbook standard, HAGS. Get better. Even sleep well. In English when we want to wish someone well we often command that well of them. We treat the good ...
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Does imperative emphatic sentence work?

I am from Singapore. I have heard many Singaporeans use imperative sentences with emphatic 'do' when they make requests or ask for something to be done a certain way. For example, they would say ...
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How to remove “this question” and punctuate the sentence “Answer this question …” [closed]

In the sentence "Answer this question, what is eleven times nine?" How can I remove "this question", punctuate properly, and still keep the imperative "Answer". How about: "Answer this: what is ...
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Can all base forms of verbs express wish?

My text book says that base form of verbs can make sentences whose meanings are wish, for example, in "God save the queen." or "Grammar be hanged." If the sentence's subject is third person and ...
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there is nothing to say ..which type of sentence is it?

Which type of sentences are these? declarative or imperative? There is nothing to say there is so much to complete it is dangerous to walk in the road
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Does putting an “and” between two verbs alter qualifying clauses?

In the following .. does the 'date clause' apply to one, the other, or both imperatives. "To confirm your miles balance, just purchase and fly with "airline" or the Partner Airlines to any ...
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Is “Be ye…” subjunctive or imperative?

In Early Modern English, the second person plural (singular) declensions were: Nominative: - Ye (Thou) Oblique: - You (Thee) --and-- Genitive: Your (Thy & Thine) & Yours' (...
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Does “Welcome, Campers” require a comma? [duplicate]

Does a greeting like, "Welcome, Campers" require a comma after "Welcome"? Or can you write "Welcome Campers"? This would be for a sign, or an email where the opening sentence is, "Welcome campers!" ...
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Comma before “and” following an imperative

I'm doing some copy editing for a website, and I'm wondering whether there should be a comma in this sentence: "Join the waitlist and be the first to know." My grammar sense makes me think it should ...
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Is “Show off” here in an imperative mood or something else? [closed]

In this movie clip, there's this conversation between Monkey and Beetle, starting at 50 seconds into the clip: Monkey: What? Beetle: Well, fast learner. Did you know you could do that? ...
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How natural “Get It!” is usage-wise, when used as an imperative?

A friend of mine uses "Get It!" (actually, he writes "get it!!!") as an imperative, especially when threatening someone. Ex. If you don't come, I'll beat you up. Get it! Is it grammatically correct? ...
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Is this an example of an Imperative sentence with an implied subject? [closed]

"Cell phone use while driving is very dangerous". My English student asked me: "if the phrase "Cell phone use while driving" can be used as subject and noun phrase and "driving" is a gerund that is ...
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“Do only use” Or “only use”

Which of these sentences is correct? "Do only use in [an] emergency case" "Only use in [an] emergency case"
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“bound for” in an imperative sentence [closed]

In this sentence "Just buy a ticket on the bus bound for southwest, route A21." What is the usage of "bound" here? Does it act as an object in the sentence?
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Is there a well-known secular sentence that uses all three of the imperative, indicative, and subjunctive moods?

The following English sentence, a 19ᵗʰtranslation from a medieval Latin hymn from the 12ᵗʰ or 13ᵗʰ century, is well known, at least among Christians: O come O come Emmanuel, And ransom captive ...
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Why is “Don't you forget about me” a correct use of the imperative?

I listened to the Simple Minds' song Don't You. It has following chorus: Don't you, forget about me Don't, don't, don't, don't Don't you, forget about me Why is this usage of imperative ...
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Punctuation of successive imperative sentences [closed]

I was wondering whether the following sentences are punctuated properly: To show this, multiply the ODE by x; integrate over x, and perform repeated integration by parts, it then follows that: f=0.
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Imperative constructions in the passive voice

There are certain uses of the Imperative that are in Passive voice. But the only examples I can think of are vulgar. The obvious one is "Get f***ed!" Then there's "Get stuffed", "Get lost" etc. I'm ...
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In the movie “The Book of Eli”, why did the writers not conjugate the verb in “Cursed be the ground for our sake”?

In the movie The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington's character, Eli, says Cursed be the ground for our sake. (as opposed to "cursed is the ground") You can watch the scene here. It's the first line ...
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“We must act and ACT NOW” - Is this sentence an imperative sentence?

I am analysing a speech and I'm unsure as to whether this sentence is an imperative sentence or not: "We must act and act now"
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If you start an imperative with “you”, does it become a statement or stay as a command?

If you start an imperative with "you", does it become a statement or stay as an imperative? Here are some examples: You put the book on the shelf. You get help. By the way, I'm still on the ...
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Is it “Don't let's” or “Let's don't”?

On Downton Abbey, I heard Mrs. Crawley say: "Don't let's make a thing out of it!" On The Goodwife, I heard Dianne Lockhart say: "Let's don't invite trouble for ourselves." It seems that both ...
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In a sentence of imperative mood, can the verb end in -ing?

You might text these to someone: Walking to school. Driving there. I believe that the main use of this type of sentence would be to describe what you yourself are doing in that moment. You might ...
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Using “let” in imperative sentence

Which one is correct? Don't let us stay here, will you? Don't let us stay here, shall we? I have chosen the first one because "let" is used here as "allow" but my colleague made me ...
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Is let in “Let us…” a verb?

Is the lexical verb let or stay in this sentence? "Let us stay indoors while the weather cools" I'm wondering whether let is an auxiliary (or even if let us is an auxiliary). Or is it a "lexical" ...
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“Do that and I'll leave”: Is there a term for the use of the imperative as an emphatic conditional?

Is there a term for the use of the imperative as an emphatic conditional? For example: Lose an hour in the morning, and you’ll be looking for it the rest of the day. An instructive borderline ...
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Independent clause with no subject

Like this "Read, write, and think", this is classified as independent clause but they contain verbs only. Is it possible to thave an Independent Clause with no subject?
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Meaning of different responses to a negative imperative

Can you answer a negative imperative such as, "Don't forget to buy some milk" with a "I will" rather than a "I won't." If so, what would it mean ?
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Verbs like “go” and “come” which can be followed by another verb directly?

With most English verbs (apart from modals), if you want to put another verb after it, you have either put "to" in front of the verb or use the gerund (if such a construction is even acceptable). For ...
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What's the origin of the “Dare to …” pattern for slogans?

There are many slogans stated as an imperative of the form "Dare to X", where "to X" is an infinitive phrase. This typically exhorts the listener to do X, without fear or hesitation. It may ...
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“May those hoping to enjoy their future waste none of their present.” Correct?

Is that sentence correct, or would "future" and "present" need to become plural ("futures" and "presents")? Those as plurals sound weird to me. If my original sentence isn't grammatically correct, ...
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Comma or colon after a word like “Remember” followed by a sentence addressed directly to reader?

In these sentences: Take the time to buckle your seatbelt. Remember, it's better to be safe than sorry. Should Remember be followed by a comma or a colon?
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“Imperative to” + “-ing” suffix

Is it correct to write: "An agreement is imperative to tackling the problem"? Or should it be: "An agreement is imperative to tackle the problem"? Thanks
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Imperative towards the sun?

For example, in novels, or poems, if I happen to make some kind of imperative towards the sun, or third-person things as such, how should I do? For instance, when I want the sun to rise. Is it: ...
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The ambiguity of negative imperative

11) Don't just sit there and introduce yourself! 12) Don't just sit around and eat! Is it right that those two sentences eventually convey Don't sit and also don't introduce in #11 and "don't sit ...
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Is “we” an imperative? [closed]

Is the english use of "we" an example of an imperative in "We forced our backs...we cursed through sludge" ? I think it sort of is, I'm not so sure.
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What's the subject in “You, go to the store”?

In the following sentence, what is the function of "You"? You, go to the store. I know the sentence is in the imperative mood, and that generally means there is an implicit second-person subject. ...
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Proper use of the word 'Imperatively'

What are the proper uses of the word 'imperatively'? Does this sentence use the word correctly? "We are all an imperatively significant pixel, part of the ever intricate mosaic of life."
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Etymology of “let us” and “let's”

The verb let means “allow”, “permit”, “not prevent or forbid”, “pass, go or come” and it's used with an object and the bare infinitive. Are you going to let me drive or not? Don't let him ...
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Conjunctive usage with negative imperatives: i.e., 'and' and 'or.' Don't eat and drink on the bus vs. Don't eat or drink on the bus

I tried searching for conjunctive usage within negative imperatives but was unable to find any results. I may have just used the wrong search string. My question is as follows. In the following ...
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Asking female employees to come to my room [closed]

I have a few female employees working at my office, and being a manager, I need to text them via Skype or Messenger to come to my room. How can I ask them politely to come? Please come to my room ...