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University of VictoriaIntroduction to IT English
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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.


Install the most recent software.


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.