English Imperative Sentences: Most Common Imperative Verbs

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English Imperative Sentences: Most Common Imperative Verbs

by Manik Joshi

The word "imperative" is derived from the term "emperor". Imperative sentences are used to give commands (orders). Imperative sentences are also used to give instruction/advice/suggestion/warning/invitation/appeal. Imperative sentences are also used to make a request. You should use ‘please’ (or other polite word) in the beginning or at the end of the sentence to make a request. An imperative sentence begins with the base (first) form of a verb which is also called verb word. In imperative sentence, subject - ‘you’ - is understood. However, for first and third person imperative, imperative sentence begins with ‘let’. You can end imperative sentence with period (.) or exclamation (!). Exclamation is used to show direct and firm command. ‘Imperative’ is one of the three moods of an English verb (indicative, imperative and subjunctive).

EXAMPLES OF IMPERATIVE SENTENCES:

(A). DIRECT ORDER
Attend the meeting.
Discharge your duty.
Enforce the law.
Quash the previous order.
Return to work.
Vacate this place.

(B). INSTRUCTION
Climb the stair.
Fill out this form.
Go on foot.
Hang a painting.
Light a candle.
Note this down.
Open up the cage.
Push a trolley.
Spell it out.
Tie your shoe laces.
Unpack the luggage.

(C). INFORMAL ADVICE
Book a hotel room.
Improve your appearance.
Mend your ways.
Walk elegantly.

(D). SUGGESTION
Follow your dreams
Keep up your English.

(E). WARNING
Don’t Jump that gate!
Watch out for traffic signal!

(F). INVITATION
Come to the party with me.
Have a meal with us.
Let’s stay in my house.

(G). APPEAL
Be Silent.
Let’s curb the menace of drugs addiction.

(H). REQUEST
Give me five hundred dollars, please.
Come soon, please.

Other Uses of Imperative Sentences:
1. Wish -- Have a safe journey.
2. Apology -- Pardon me.
3. Permission -- Join us if you want.
4. Public Notice --
Imperatives are used on signboards or notice board:
Keep off the grass.
Insert your ATM card.
Pull the door.
Push inside.

Important Note -- An imperative sentence can imply different senses (command/instruction/advice, etc.) based on the intonation. [Note: ‘Intonation’ is defined as the rise and fall of the voice in speaking, as this affects the meaning of what is being said.]


English Imperative Sentences -- A

Abide by the commission’s verdict.
Accept his decision.
Achieve your target.
Acknowledge achievements of women.
Act quickly.
Add details to this report.
Address his concerns regarding payments next week.
Address our concerns.
Address their demands.
Adjust the rules to help consumers.
Adjust to a new location.
Admire your parents.
Adopt ‘do it right’ approach.
Adopt a good strategy in choosing right candidates.
Adopt long-term vision for industry.
Adopt modern technology.
Adopt wait and watch policy.
Aim it.
Airlift the injured to the state capital for treatment.
Allow him to return home.
Alter the course of your life.
Analyze the reasons for your defeat.
Analyze the sample.
Announce a compensation for the victim’s family.
Announce your candidacy.
Answer the question
Anticipate rate hikes.
Apply colours on his forehead.
Apply for a job.
Apply for passport.
Apply ointment.
Appoint a manager.
Approach the court.
Approve the plan.
Arrange everything before it is late.
Arrange for cash to meet your expenses.
Arrange funds on your own.
Arrive early on the scene.
Ask for a receipt.
Ask for more information.
Ask him his name.
Ask him what had happened.
Ask politely.
Assert your independence.
Assess the reasons which led to your defeat.
Assign duties to workers.
Associate with the best.
Attend the meeting.
Attract new customers.
Avert confrontation between the tigers and villagers.
Avoid cold and very hot items.
Avoid deserted areas.
Avoid the traffic.
Avoid tobacco.
Avoid unsafe food items.


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