Imperative Verbs: Definition and Examples

Imperative verbs are verbs that create an imperative sentence (i.e. a sentence that gives an order or command). When reading an imperative sentence, it will always sound like the speaker is bossing someone around. Imperative verbs don’t leave room for questions or discussion, even if the sentence has a polite tone. Use the root form of the verb to create the imperative. Consider the examples below:

Give me that book!

Clean your room!

Do your homework.

Take the dog for a walk, please.

Don’t touch that!

Do come to visit us whenever you’re in town.

Push!

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  • Christina

    For the sentence, “Clean your room!” would room be the subject or the direct object?

    • Alayna Foster

      I believe the direct object. There’s generally an implied “you” for imperative sentences that serves as the subject. “[You] clean your room!”

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