In this post we’re going to review the Imperative.
The imperative mood in English is generally used to give an order, to prompt someone to do something, to give a warning or to give instructions.
* In the AFFIRMATIVE, we use the verb in the base form. We use come / look / go / wait / do / be, etc., when we tell someone to do something:
Come here and look at this.
I don’t want to talk to you. Go away!
Please wait for me.
Please be quiet. I’m working.
Bye, have a great trip!
Have a good flight!
Have some candy. Oh, thanks. (= Would you like some candy?)
* In the NEGATIVE, we use DON’T + verb in the base form to tell someone not to do something:
Please be careful! Don’t fall!
Please don’t go. Stay here with me.
Be here on time. Don’t be late.
* We can also say LET’S… when you want people to do things with you.
It’s a nice day. Let’s go out.
Come on! Let’s dance.
Are you ready? Let’s go!
I’m tired. Let’s stay home.
* In the NEGATIVE we can also say LET’S NOT…
Let’s not go out. Let’s stay home.
Let’s not have fish for dinner. Let’s have chicken.
I’m tired of arguing. Let’s not do this anymore.