Imperative

Introduction

An imperative sentence expresses a command, as opposed to a question or a statement. The word imperative is derived from the term emperor. Emperors gave commands, and imperative sentences are commands. An imperative sentence makes a request or gives an order. Imperative sentences are used in commands.

Form

Imperative sentences consist only of predicates with verbs in infinitive form. Imperative sentences consist of predicates that only contain verbs in infinitive form; verb phrases are not allowed. The implied subject is You. :Imperative Sentence: = :predicate: = :verb: :complement:

Use

Example

Please lock the doors.

Example

Do not throw trash in the recycling bins.

Example

Come here.

Example

Tell me your name.

Example

Look in the drawer of the dresser.

Example

Don't drive outside your lane.