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Imperatives are used to tell someone to do something, but there are several different situations in which you can use imperatives.

Giving Commands

Use imperatives to give commands, especially when the situation is unexpected or urgent.

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Go faster! Drive even faster!

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Help! I can't swim!

Directions and Instructions

Use imperatives when giving instructions or directions for how to do something or how to get somewhere.

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Dribble the ball with your right hand. Guard with your left.

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First, peel the apples. Then, beat the eggs.

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Walk straight until the library, then turn left.

Offers and Requests

Use imperatives when asking for something or making an offer. We can add 'please' to an imperative sentence to make it less demanding. This is often good when you want to be polite to someone.

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Come home early after school, please.

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Here, have some more rice, Manny.

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Please sit down.

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