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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Imperatives

 
 

Sentences showing the different functions of imperatives

Example

Function

Turn off the light before you go to bed.

Instruction

Go to the doctor when you are sick.

Advice

Try eating fewer pies if you want to lose weight.

Suggestion

Be quiet! The enemy will hear you.

Warning / Order

Have some more cake.

Offer

Do not drive the car so fast.
Don't drive the car so fast.

Negative

Get accepted by a good university as soon as you can.

Passive imperative

Get off work early and we'll go out for dinner.

Condition
This means "If you get off work early [the condition], we will go out for dinner."

Come home early or we will not go out for dinner.

Condition:
This means "If you do not come home early [the condition], we will not go out for dinner."

Sam, take a rest. You've been working too hard.

Emphasis on subject