Imperative mood

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The imperative mood is a grammatical mood that forms a command or request.wikipedia
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Grammatical mood

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The imperative mood is a grammatical mood that forms a command or request.
Some examples of moods are indicative, interrogative, imperative, subjunctive, injunctive, optative, and potential.

Jussive mood

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Such imperatives imply a second-person subject (you), but some other languages also have first- and third-person imperatives, with the meaning of "let's (do something)" or "let him/her/them (do something)" (the forms may alternatively be called cohortative and jussive).
The mood is similar to the cohortative mood, which typically applies to the first person by appeal to the object's duties and obligations, and the imperative, which applies to the second (by command).

Verb

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An example of a verb used in the imperative mood is the English sentence "Please be quiet".
If the verbal expression of modality involves inflection, we have the special case of mood; moods include the indicative (as in "I am there"), the subjunctive (as in "I wish I were there"), and the imperative ("Be there!").

Irrealis mood

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It is one of the irrealis moods.

English subjunctive

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(The present subjunctive always has the same form as the imperative, although it is negated differently – the imperative is negated using do not, as in "Don't touch me!"; see do-support.) The imperative form is understood as being in the second person (the subject pronoun you is usually omitted, although it can be included for emphasis), with no explicit indication of singular or plural.
The present subjunctive is identical to the bare infinitive (and imperative) of the verb in all forms.

English verbs

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In English, the imperative is formed using the bare infinitive form of the verb (see English verbs for more details).
It is used as an imperative: Write these words.

List of glossing abbreviations

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Imperative mood can be denoted by the glossing abbreviation.

English grammar

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An example of a verb used in the imperative mood is the English sentence "Please be quiet".
The second-person imperative is identical to the (basic) infinitive; other imperative forms may be made with let (let us go, or let's go; let them eat cake).

Hortative

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Such imperatives imply a second-person subject (you), but some other languages also have first- and third-person imperatives, with the meaning of "let's (do something)" or "let him/her/them (do something)" (the forms may alternatively be called cohortative and jussive).
Barbara says to her parent, Chris, "We finished our chores. Let us go." Barbara is demanding that Chris allow them to go to the movies because they have no more chores to do. (imperative)

Infinitive

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In English, the imperative is formed using the bare infinitive form of the verb (see English verbs for more details).
Moreover, the unmarked form of the verb is not considered an infinitive when it is forms a finite verb: like a present indicative ("I sit every day"), subjunctive ("I suggest that he sit"), or imperative ("Sit down!").

Realis mood

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This is usually also the same as the second-person present indicative form, except in the case of the verb to be, where the imperative is be while the indicative is are.
Other moods existing in English besides the indicative are the imperative ("Be quiet!") and the conditional ("I would be quiet") (although this is not always analyzed as a mood) and in some dialects, the subjunctive (as in "I suggest you be quiet").

English modal verbs

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Let him/her/it/them run! (equivalent to a third person imperative; constructions with may are also used)
They are defective: they are not used as infinitives or participles (except occasionally in non-standard English; see below), nor as imperatives, nor (in the standard way) as subjunctives.

Finite verb

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Like other finite verb forms, imperatives often inflect for person and number.
In English, finite verbs lacking subjects are normal in imperative sentences:

Do-support

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(The present subjunctive always has the same form as the imperative, although it is negated differently – the imperative is negated using do not, as in "Don't touch me!"; see do-support.) The imperative form is understood as being in the second person (the subject pronoun you is usually omitted, although it can be included for emphasis), with no explicit indication of singular or plural.
Do-support is required for negated imperatives even when the verb is the copula be:

Exclamation mark

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When written, imperative sentences are often, but not always, terminated with an exclamation mark.
A sentence ending in an exclamation mark may be an exclamation (such as "Wow!", "Boo!"), or an imperative ("Stop!"), or may indicate astonishment or surprise: "They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!"

French language

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Other languages such as Latin, French and German have a greater variety of inflected imperative forms, marked for person and number, their formation often depending on a verb's conjugation pattern.
The finite moods include the indicative mood (indicatif), the subjunctive mood (subjonctif), the imperative mood (impératif), and the conditional mood (conditionnel).

German language

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Other languages such as Latin, French and German have a greater variety of inflected imperative forms, marked for person and number, their formation often depending on a verb's conjugation pattern.
three moods: indicative, imperative and subjunctive (in addition to infinitive)

Affirmation and negation

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There may also be differences of syntax between affirmative and negative imperative sentences.
Different rules apply in subjunctive, imperative and non-finite clauses.

Korean speech levels

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Korean has 6 levels of honorific, all of which have their own imperative endings.
The names of the seven levels are derived from the non-honorific imperative form of the verb hada (하다; "to do") in each level, plus the suffix che, which means "style".

T–V distinction

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In languages that make a T–V distinction (tu vs. vous, du vs. Sie, você vs. tu, tu vs. usted, etc.) the use of particular forms of the second person imperative may also be dependent on the degree of familiarity between the speaker and the addressee, as with other verb forms.
If the Sie standard here is followed, then the usage varies when addressing a group containing both du and Sie persons: Some speakers use the informal plural ihr, others prefer the formal Sie, and many, concerned that both pronouns might cause offence, prefer to use circumlocutions that avoid either pronoun, for example by expressing an imperative in infinitive form (bitte das machen), by applying the passive voice (es wird gemacht), or using the indefinite pronoun man (man macht das).

Null-subject language

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Many languages, even not normally null-subject languages, omit the subject pronoun in imperative sentences, as usually occurs in English (see below).
Even in such non-null-subject languages as English, it is standard for clauses in the imperative mood to lack explicit subjects; for example:

Ancient Greek

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Ancient Greek has imperative forms for present, aorist, and perfect tenses for the active, middle, and passive voices.
Verbs have four moods (indicative, imperative, subjunctive, and optative) and three voices (active, middle, and passive), as well as three persons (first, second, and third) and various other forms.

Voseo

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vos (alternative to tú) usually takes the same forms as tú (usually with slightly different emphasis) but unique forms exist for it as well.
Vos also differs in its affirmative imperative conjugation from both tú and vosotros.

Subjunctive mood

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Since there exists no actual imperative corresponding to Sie, the form is paraphrased with the third-person plural of the present subjunctive followed by the pronoun:
When used independently, the subjunctive indicates a desire, a fear, an order or a request, i.e. has modal and imperative values.

Irish language

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Irish has imperative forms in all three persons and both numbers, although the first person singular is most commonly found in the negative (e.g. ná cloisim sin arís "let me not hear that again").
Verbs conjugate for 3 tenses: past, present, future; 2 aspects: simple, habitual; 2 numbers: singular, plural; 4 moods: indicative, subjunctive, conditional, imperative; relative forms; and in some verbs, independent and dependent forms.