• English grammar
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  • 1 English alphabet
  • 2 English pronunciation and phonetics [0/3]
  • 3 English articles [0/9]
  • 4 English pronouns [0/39]
  • 4.1 English personal pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.2 English impersonal pronouns (it, there, ...) [0/4]
  • 4.3 English object pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.4 English possessive pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.5 English reflexive pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.6 English reciprocal pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.7 English demonstrative pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.8 English relative pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.9 English indefinite pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.10 English interrogative pronouns [0/4]
  • 5 English nouns [0/16]
  • 6 English adjectives [0/38]
  • 6.1 Adjectives of quality in English [0/4]
  • 6.2 Demonstrative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.3 Possessive adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.4 Quantity adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.5 Interrogative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.6 Numeral adjectives in English [0/8]
  • 6.7 Comparatives and superlatives [0/10]
  • 7 English adverbs [0/18]
  • 8 English prepositions [0/12]
  • 9 English verbs [0/122]
  • 9.1 Present tenses in English [0/29]
  • Fill in the correct present tense in English (Score -/-)
  • Exercise about all present tenses in English (Score -/-)
  • Mixed present tenses exercise in English (Score -/-)
  • Practice all the English present tenses (Score -/-)
  • 9.1.1 Present simple tense in English [0/5]
  • 9.1.2 Present continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.3 Present simple vs present continuous in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.4 Present perfect tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.5 Present perfect continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.6 Difference past simple and present perfect in English [0/4]
  • 9.2 Past tenses in English [0/20]
  • 9.3 Future tenses in English [0/21]
  • 9.4 Auxiliary verbs in English [0/9]
  • 9.5 Present participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.6 Past participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.7 Modal verbs in English [0/11]
  • 9.8 Phrasal verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.9 Regular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.10 Irregular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.11 Gerund (-ing form) in English [0/8]
  • 9.12 Infinitive verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.13 Imperative in English [0/2]
  • 9.14 Reported speech in English [0/2]
  • 9.15 Active and passive voice in English [0/2]
  • 10 English conditionals [0/20]
  • Imperative in English

    This chapter will discuss the imperative in English. The imperative is used to give orders and instructions or to make a suggestion. 

    Definition and usage of the English imperatives 

    Imperatives in English can be used to give an instruction or to request something or to make a suggestion. 

    Situation Example
    To give an instruction
    • Take the first turning on the right.
    • Go straight ahead.
    To give out orders
    • Sit down!
    • Be quiet!
    To request something
    • Please, close the door.
    • Please, open the window. 
    To make a suggestion. 
    • Let's go outside!
    • Let's listen to music!

    enlightenedKeep in mind:

    • To use the imperative form to request something, just simply add 'please' first.
    • To use the imperative to make a suggestions, add 'let's' or 'let's not' to the beginning of the sentence. 

    How to form the imperative

    In the English language there are two forms of imperative: affirmative and negative. Take a look at the tabel below to see the difference. 

    Form Example
    Affirmative
    • Enjoy your weekend!
    • Close the door!
    Negative
    • Do not disturb!
    • Do not feed!

    enlightenedThe imperative form is usually aimed at 'you', singular or plural. However, the personal pronoun is not mentioned in the sentence. 

    Affirmative form of the imperative

    The affirmative form of the imperative is formed with the infinitive of the verb. 

    Examples:

    • Shut up!
    • Listen to me!
    • Never drive without a seatbelt!

    enlightened'Always' and 'never' should be before the infinitive verb. These adverbs are used to emphasize the advice.

    Construct the negative form of the imperative

    The negative form of the imperative is formed with 'do not + infinitive'

    Examples:

    • Do not smoke!
    • Do not touch it!
    • Do not forget to walk the dog!

    Train your skills by doing the exercises below!

    Exercises

    Exercise to choose in the English imperative

    Exercise to fill in the English imperative