You use the imperative form when you tell someone what to do:
  • Johnny, come here!
  • Be quiet!
  • Julia, hurry up!
  • Go to bed!
  • Give me your book!
You always use the infinitive form of the verb. It doesn't matter if you talk to one or more than one person:
  • meet: Julia, meet me there! and Julia and Johnny, meet me there!
  • listen: Julia, listen! and Julia and Johnny, listen!
  • go: Julia, go away! and Julia and Johnny, go away!
When you tell someone NOT to do something, you use "Do not/Don't": + the infinitive:
  • Johnny, don't hurry!
  • Don't look!
  • Julia, do not speak!
  • Don't go away!
  • Do not give it to him!
Read the text below. Find all the imperatives and click on them.
Choose a typical reaction to the imperative form.
  1. Steven, come inside! Dinner is ready.
    • Steven goes into the house.
    • Steven runs away.
  2. Peter, go away! Leave me alone.
    • Peter starts to scream.
    • Peter goes out of the room.
  3. Julia, go to bed!
    • Julia gets up and says: "Good night!"
    • Julia starts to watch a movie.
  4. Hey, don't look! It's a surprise.
    • The boy calls his father.
    • The boy closes his eyes.

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