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.
Table of contents of this lesson: Imperative
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.
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