English Grammar: Lessons in Imperative Sentences

S.N. Singh | June 03,2010 01:12 pm IST

Study the following base form of the verbs and see how they are used in the imperative sentences. Imperative sentences are the sentences, which express commands, advice, and suggestions.

The second person 'you' is always addressed in the imperative sentences.

In the following sentences, 'you' is the subject, though understood: -

1. Believe in God.
2. Worship Ma Sarswatiji, Ma Durgaji, Ma Luxmiji.
3. Don't be superstitious.
4. Don't deceive anyone.
5. Always speak the truth.
6. Vishwamitra said to Rama, "Send Ram and Lakshman with me. Don't suspect my intention."
7. Get up early in the morning. Have a long walk. Do exercises and yoga to keep yourself fit.
8. Never lose your patience. Be brave and courageous.
9. Don't pluck flowers, as they enhance the beauty of nature.
10. Drink eight glasses of water daily, as it is very conducive to health.
11. Never tease the poor and the weak.
12. Do justice to get justice from God.
13. Don't advise anyone unless you are asked for.
14. Work at the behest of your conscience.
15. The officer said to the servant, "Bring a glass of water. Always keep the office neat and clean."
16. Be considerate to others and never think negatively.
17. The principal told the students, "Discipline yourself at every step of your life. Attend your classes regularly and punctually. Don't come late. Pay attention to what your teachers teach you."
18. Be honest, as honesty always pays; sooner or later.
19. Try to understand the motive of your opponents before you take any step against them.
20. Mother said to her son, "Mend your ways, if you want me to lead a happy life."


Pay Attention: In the above-mentioned sentences, the verbs in their base form are "believe, worship, be, deceive, speak, send, get up, lose, do, pluck, drink, tease, advise, work, bring, keep, think, discipline, attend, come, pay, try, mend".
In the following sentences, 'you' is addressed but the subject of the verb is in the first person [me, us] or in the third person [him, her, them, it]. In such sentences, 'let' is used in the very beginning of the sentences or the clauses with bare infinitive [infinitive without 'to'].

Study the following sentences: -

1. Let us find out the truth.
2. Let me study what has happened with you.
3. Let the children play in the garden. Don't disturb them.
4. Let her decide what she wants.
5. Let the strangers not come into the office.
6. Let the students play in their vacant period.
7. Let all the doors and windows be shut.
8. Let us wait. Let the case be decided. Let the law take its own course.

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DIVYA on 12/19/10 at 05:42 pm


bikash on 01/06/11 at 07:45 pm

nice ha!