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University of VictoriaIntroduction to IT English
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Imperatives

Definition

An imperative is a verb form that uses the simple form of the verb without the subject. The imperative form is often used to give instructions or warnings.

Example

Install the most recent software.

Explanation

Imperatives —

  • have many functions. For example, they:
    • give instructions.
    • offer advice.
    • make suggestions.
    • give warnings.
    • offer something to someone.
  • use “do not” / “don’t” in the negative form.
  • use “do” for emphasis.
  • use “get” in the passive form.
  • can have a subject to emphasize who the subject is.