Imperatives are used to give orders or suggestions. For example: "Come here!" or "Have a cookie". Here are some of the situations where you can use the imperatives.
- Close the door!
- Stand up!
- Sit down!
- Open your books!
To make a cup of coffee:
- Boil some water
- Put some coffee in a cup
- Add some water
- Drink the coffee.
To go to the bank: Turn left at Orchard Street, and then go straight.
Offers and Invitations
- Have some tea
- Come over to our house sometime.
The verb let is often used as an imperative to give strong suggestions. Let's is a contraction of let us.
- Let's go home!
- Let's watch a movie!
So, let's revise what we have just said ...
We can use the imperative to give a direct order.
We can use the imperative to give instructions.
- Take that chewing gum out of your mouth.
- Stand up straight.
- Give me the details.
We can use the imperative to make an invitation.
- Open your book.
- Take two tablets every evening.
- Take a left and then a right.
- Come in and sit down. Make yourself at home.
- Please start without me. I'll be there shortly.
- Have a piece of this cake. It's delicious.
We can use the imperative on signs and notices.
- Do not use.
- Insert one dollar.
We can use the imperative to give friendly informal advice.
- Speak to him. Tell him how you feel.
- Have a quiet word with her about it.
- Don't go. Stay at home and rest up. Get some sleep and recover.
We can make the imperative 'more polite' by adding 'do'.