The imperative is used to give commands and orders.


We use the imperative to give an order, to give instructions, to give advice or to make an offer.

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Video on how to use the imperative

In this lesson you'll learn how to use the English imperative, but first watch the video and repeat what you hear.

Imperative - Affirmative form

The imperative is formed by the base form of the main verb without a subject:

  • Walk to the corner, turn right and cross the street.
  • Open your mouth and say ‘Aaaah’.
  • Come on, Mary.
  • Come in, please.

Imperative - Negative form

The negative imperative is formed by DO NOT/ DON'T + BASE FORM:

  • Don't do that.
  • Don't talk.
  • Don't yell.


We use LET'S when we need to include the speaker and to make suggestions:

  • Let's go to the cinema!
  • Let's listen to music!
  • Let's play football!
  • Let's visit the National Gallery.
  • Let's sleep.
  • Let's finish our homework.

Imperative worksheet

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