Imperative Sentence: Useful Definition and Examples

Imperative Sentences! What is an imperative sentence? Learn imperative definition and how to use imperative sentences in English with examples and ESL worksheets.

What is an Imperative Sentence?

Imperative definition: Imperative sentences are used when we want to tell someone to do something (telling people to do or not to do things).

We can use the imperatives to tell people to do or not to do things. They usually don’t have a subject – they are addressed to the listener or listeners, whom the speaker understands to be the subject.

In the imperative, we use the base form of the verb. Imperative clause usually ends with a period (.), but it may also end with an exclamation point (!).

Imperative sentence examples:

  • Get out of my way!
  • Stop talking and open your book.
  • Go upstairs.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Read the instructions.
  • Switch off your mobiles.
  • Don’t be late!

What is an Imperative Sentence?

Types of Imperative Sentences with Examples

Imperative Sentences are used for advice, suggestions, requests, commands, orders or instructions…, specifically as follows.

A request


Please consider.

An invitation


Come to my party.

A command/ direct/ order


Wake up now!

An instruction


Go straight ahead and turn left.

An advice


Don’t eat too much.

A warning/prohibition


Don’t touch me!

Imperative Sentences with Examples

Imperative Verbs

Positive imperatives use affirmative verbs in addressing the subject.

Negative imperatives do the opposite to the positives.


Get up early – Don’t get up early

Park your car here – Don’t park your car here.

Post those letters – Don’t post those letters.

Imperative Verb: Do

We can use “do” or “just” to the beginning of the sentence, or the word “please” to the conclusion – called softening the imperative – makes ​imperative sentences more polite or conversational.


Do sit down.

Do be quiet.

Imperative Verb: Let

Let is used to form first person and third person imperatives.


Let me see. 

Let’s go.

Imperative Verbs

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Tank you so much now I know how to make sentences