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Imperatives


Introduction

We use the imperative when we tell people what to do or what not to do.

For example:

Part 1 - Imperative (positive)

We make the imperative by using the infinitive of the verb (without "to").

For example:

Practice

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verb in brackets.

  • your homework. (finish)
     
  • your food. (eat)
     
  • the names and places. (match)
     
  • her your seat. (offer)
     

Part 2 - Imperative (negative)

We make a negative sentence with "don't" ("do not").

For example:

Practice

Complete the sentences with the correct negative form of the verb in brackets.

  • the salad. (order)
     
  • too early. (plan)
     
  • that paper. (pick up)
     
  • the sentence. (repeat)
     

If you use "please", it is more polite, for example:
If you use "let's", you include yourself and it is more like a suggestion, for example:

Further practice

Choose the correct answer to complete the sentence: a, b, c or d.

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