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20 Imperative sentence examples

What are Imperative Sentences?

Imperative sentence definition: In English, sentences can be of different types, and hence can be classified in different ways. One way to classify them is by their function. Based on their function, sentences can be classified as declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences. In this article we focus on imperative sentences.

Imperative sentences are used:

  • to give an order or a command

  • to make a request

  • to give instructions

  • to offer advice, suggestion or invitation

Imperative sentences can be used for order, request, instruction, advice or invitation.

In an imperative sentence, the verb typically comes at the beginning, and the subject is altogether missing. The subject is implied (or understood); it is usually the second-person, "the reader". An imperative sentence ends with a period (.) or an exclamation mark (!) depending on the forcefulness of the command. Also, imperative sentences can be in positive or negative form.

The following are some imperative sentence examples for each category:

Imperative sentence examples for order, request, instruction and advice
Fig 2. 8 imperative sentence examples

Here are 20 imperative sentence examples:

To give an order:

  • Get out!

  • Keep quiet!

  • Do not stop!

  • Finish your work.

  • Tidy up your room.

  • Turn off your mobile.

  • See me after the class.

To make a request:

  • Give me some sweet, please. (a comma is used for emphasis)

  • Help me please.

  • Please come quickly.

  • Please cooperate with us.

To give instruction:

  • Walk along this road and turn left.

  • Turn the lever clockwise.

  • Disconnect the power supply.

  • Put them in the fridge for 10 minutes.

To give advice:

  • Drive carefully.

  • Drink lots of juice.

  • Take a taxi.

  • Review your answers before submitting.

  • Don't give her tea. (negative form)

What is The Imperative Mood?

Imperative mood is a verb form that expresses a command, request or an instruction. The subject of the verb is typically not mentioned. The following are some examples:

  • Get out!

  • Keep quiet!

  • Don't eat that chocolate!

  • Go there.

  • Get ready.

  • Stop playing.

  • Stop shouting.

  • Stop eating.

  • Finish your work.

  • Close the window.

  • Let's go to the market.

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