The Function of Imperative Sentence. How are you going my beloved visitors? Are you fine? As we know that English consists of four skills. They are listening, speaking, reading and writing. However, we also need other skills to support those skills.
In this occasion, I will share about one supported skill, i.e: The Imperative Sentence.
There are some functions of imperative sentence in English, such as:
1. As an order,
2. As a warning,
3. As an appeal,
4. As an advice,
5. As a suggestion,
6. As an instruction
7. And in some cases as a request to another person, to a group of people or to animals.
It is very easy to form the imperative sentence: Simply take the verbs’ infinitive form (without the “to” infinitive indicator). Usually the verb will be placed at the beginning of the sentence.
V + C + !
The examples below are used if a person gives an order to another person or to a group of people.
Come to my house!
Clean your face!
If the imperative includes oneself in the group of people who receive the order the words “Let us” or “Let’s” are added before the infinitive in the sentence.
Let’s drink! we are all hungry!
Let us be happy, we are all fine!
When we want to create a negative form of an imperative, place “do not”, “don’t” or “let’s not” in front of the infinitive form of the verb (again without “to”).
Don’t go, I need you here!
Let’s not be sad, we are all fine!
We can also use The imperative form to make a request, if you add “please” to the imperative sentence. You can also add “Would you” instead or in addition to “please” (which can be a question or a polite order).
Please come, I need you there!
Please don’t go, I need you here!
Stand up when I speak to you! (Order)
Press the button in order to activate the machine! (Instruction)
Do not touch it, it is hot! (Warning)
Take a left at the corner! (Advice, suggestion)
Other function of Imperative Sentence
We can use the imperative to give a direct order.
Take that chewing gum out of your mouth!
Stand up straight!
Give me the details!
We can use the imperative to give instructions.
Open your book!
Take two tablets every evening!
Take a left and then a right!
We can use the imperative to make an invitation.
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’.
Do be quiet!
Do sit down!
That’s all about Imperative Sentence. I hope it will be useful.