Imperative mood: The verb mood that expresses commands

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IMPERATIVE MOOD

Imperative mood is the verb mood that expresses commands. The verbs in the following sentences are in the imperative mood:

Go away!

Run faster!

Answer me!

Sit down!

Please get out of here!


All of these expressions with verbs in the imperative mood sound rather imperious or dictatorial and usually end with an exclamation mark, but this is not true of all expressions with verbs in the imperative mood. For example, the following sentences have verbs in the imperative mood:

Have another helping of ice cream.

Help yourself to more sweets.

Just follow the yellow arrows to the X-ray department.

Turn right at the roundabout.

Sentences with verbs in the imperative mood are known as IMPERATIVE SENTENCES.




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