Imperative Mood

Imperative Mood :

Imperative Mood is a verb form or a set of verb forms that expresses a command.

1. Come here.

The verb COME is in imperative mood.

Imperative (adjective) means urgent which must be done.

Job creation has become imperative for the Government.

The Imperative mood is used to express…

(a) A command

1. Go there.
2. March on.
3. Look here.
4. Get ready for a fight.
5. Do or Die.

(b) An exhortation

1. Be patient.
2. Beware of enemies from within.
3. Take care of your children.
4. Be with your aged parents.
5. Try to do everything perfectly.

(c) Prayer or Request

1. Have pity on us.
2. God Bless you!
3. Be patient.
4. Please, be here for this prayer meeting.
5. Oh God! Let me not bend my knees before the arrogant.

The verbs in the above sentences are said to be in the Imperative mood. A verb which expresses a command, an exhortation, an entreaty or prayer is in the Imperative mood.

Note : A command is always issued. So, it can only be in second person, as the person commanded must be the person spoken to. But when the auxiliary verb 'let' is used "the first person" and the third person expressions are possible.

1. Let me come there.
2. Let him go.
3. Let us work.
4. Let them finish the work. 5. Let him study well for this exam.

YOU (ie) the subject of a verb in the Imperative mood is usually omitted.

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