- the imperative mood.
- a verb in this mood.
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WHAT IS AN IMPERATIVE SENTENCE?
What is an imperative sentence?
An imperative sentence is a sentence used to give commands or instructions or make requests, as in Give me that. It usually begins with a verb or a verb phrase.
Imperative sentences often don’t have an apparent subject. Instead the subject is implied, usually the person who the speaker is giving the commands or instructions to. It is possible to include subjects in imperative sentences by addressing the person separately, as in Joe, hand me that wrench.
While imperative sentences often start with verbs, they can also begin with adverbs, as in Carefully move the sofa, or prepositional phrases, as in Without opening your eyes, count to ten.
Why is imperative sentence important?
The first records of the term imperative sentence come from at least 1737. The word imperative means “commanding” or “a command,” and imperative sentences are supposed to deliver commands, as well as polite requests and directions.
You can use certain adverbs or prepositional phrases to make your imperative sentences sound less rude or forceful, such as Please wash the dishes.
Imperative sentences can also be negative, asking or commanding someone to not to do something or warning them against it, as in Don’t walk there.
While many imperative sentences are short because they omit the subject and give urgent commands, they can be pretty long, as in Tiptoe past the angry sleeping bear while whistling the Canadian national anthem backwards and balancing a bowl of strawberry jelly on your head without spilling it. (We don’t recommend this as a way to escape a bear, sleeping or otherwise.)
Did you know … ?
The shortest grammatically correct sentence in the English language is an imperative sentence: “Go.” This two-letter sentence has an implied subject of “you.”
What are real-life examples of imperative sentence?
This list gives some more examples of imperative sentences:
|Don’t poke me.|
|Wendy, turn off the television.|
|In ten words, tell me what happened.|
|Get out of here!|
Students learn about imperative sentences early when studying grammar. People use imperative sentences everyday with varying levels of politeness.
Given the number of imperative sentences directed at them, my cats probably believe their names are Hey Don't.
— Joe Garden (@joegarden) February 11, 2014
my dad lives in exclusively imperative sentences
— vtuber burner acc (@lofierotica) May 31, 2015
What other words are related to imperative sentence?
Which of the following is an imperative sentence?
A. Do it.
B. John took out the trash.
C. Could you please tell me the time?
D. Jayne left her books at school.
MORE ABOUT IMPERATIVE
What does imperative mean?
In English grammar, we use mood to categorize verb forms by the attitude the speaker has toward what they are saying. The imperative mood is used when you are asking (or demanding) someone to do something, as with commands, directions, invitations, and warnings. For example, Don’t go into the woods at night.
Imperative is also used to describe something as being absolutely necessary, as in It is imperative that we make it to the airport by noon, or we will miss our flight.
And imperative is used to mean a command or important obligation, as in Helping my brother is an imperative that cannot be ignored.
Why is imperative important?
The first records of imperative come from around 1520. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb imperāre, meaning “to order” or “to command.”
In most imperative sentences, the subject of the sentence is understood to be “you,” meaning the person that the speaker is talking to, as in (You,) Pass me the salt. The exception to this is when the speaker wants to include themselves in an imperative sentence, as in Let’s go to the beach!
Did you know … ?
When using imperative sentences, you don’t need to be overly demanding or aggressive to make your point. Beginning a command with please can help your listener be more willing to follow your directions.
What are real-life examples of imperative?
Most GPS programs and apps use imperative sentences when giving directions.
Imperative is a common word that describes something as being really important or necessary. The imperative mood is also commonly used.
The equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is more than a moral imperative: It is key to solve the most pressing public health emergency of our time.
IFRC is launching a new plan to support the immunization of 500 million people.
— IFRC (@ifrc) February 4, 2021
One of the last things Erin and I talked about was the imperative to make people understand that when you see people in distress, you do not call the cops. When you see people in distress on social media, do not flag their accounts. These systems only make things worse.
— s. e. smith (@sesmith) July 8, 2021
What other words are related to imperative?
Which of the following sentences uses the imperative mood?
A. Do we need to work together?
B. I want you to bring me that stack of papers.
C. Take a left at the next intersection.
How to use imperative in a sentence
Therefore, having the most comprehensive view of the search landscape and all its nuances is imperative to driving success and making the most informed decisions possible.Solving the agency search intelligence gap|Ian O’Rourke and Stephen Davis|February 9, 2021|Search Engine Watch
Reimagining community safety, defunding police, confronting the worst of what “law enforcement” does — these are not new moral imperatives.What ‘defund the police’ really means|Simon Balto|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
I love how they’re portrayed in the Locked Tomb and how imperative they are to the narrative.How Gideon the Ninth author Tamsyn Muir queers the space opera|Constance Grady|February 5, 2021|Vox
It is imperative that the previous Administration’s shortcomings are swiftly identified and rectified to save lives in the months before coronavirus vaccinations are available for all Americans.House Democrats Launch Investigation of OSHA, Meat Plants Over COVID-19 Outbreaks|Abigail Abrams|February 2, 2021|Time
There are many roots of distrust around Covid-19 vaccines, but it feels imperative to put them in the context of Pakistan’s recent history.How the CIA’s fake vaccine program in Pakistan helped fuel the anti-vax movement|Hala Iqbal|February 1, 2021|Vox
Moreover, for America there is a fundamental imperative to act.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack|Gordon G. Chang|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For Reid, the imperative has to be confirming as many of the 34 district court nominees that are in the pipeline as possible.What If the United States Had No Attorney General?|Eleanor Clift|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And that very same Roosevelt no doubt still believed it was imperative for us to make America “fairly radical for a generation.”Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed|Harvey J. Kaye|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many lessons and commentaries are in the imperative voice, but not all.Mike Leach Tackles Geronimo the Motivational Murderer|James A. Warren|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
None of it has lessened my belief in Zionism or the imperative of Israel as a home and sanctuary for Jews.Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid|Benjamin Pogrund|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her glance wandered from his face away toward the Gulf, whose sonorous murmur reached her like a loving but imperative entreaty.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Nature, ever buoyant and imperative, does her best to remedy the ills created by "Man's inhumanity to Man."Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
For it was mother Martha and not her daughter who had obeyed Mrs. Cecil's imperative: "Come here!"Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
Let nothing, but the most imperative duty, call you out upon your reception day.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Only an hour was given to St. Albans, much less than we had planned, but our late start made it imperative that we move onward.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for imperative
- the imperative mood
- a verb in this mood
Derived forms of imperativeimperatively, adverbimperativeness, noun
Word Origin for imperative
Cultural definitions for imperative
A grammatical category describing verbs that command or request: “Leave town by tonight”; “Please hand me the spoon.”