Imperative Sentences | Definition and Examples

Learn how to use Imperative Sentences in English with examples.

What are Imperative Sentences?

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 them 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. We use the base form of the verb.

Imperative clause usually ends with a period (.), but it may also end with an exclamation point (!).

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!

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Types of Imperative Sentences

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

A request

Example:

Please consider.

An invitation

Example:

Come to my party.

A command/ direct/ order

Example:

Wake up now!

An instruction

Example:

Go straight ahead and turn left.

An advice

Example:

Don’t eat too much.

A warning/prohibition

Example:

Don’t touch me!

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Modifying an Imperative Sentence

Positive imperatives use affirmative verbs in addressing the subject.

Negative imperatives do the opposite to the positives.

Examples:

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.

Imperatives with 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.

Examples:

Do sit down.

Do be quiet.

Imperatives with Let

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

Example:

Let me see. 

Let’s go.

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