The imperative mood (abbreviated imp) expresses direct commands or requests as a grammatical mood. These commands or requests tell the audience to act a certain way. It also may signal a prohibition, permission, or any other kind of exhortation. Formulation of the English imperative simply uses the bare infinitive form of the verb. The infinitive form usually corresponds to the second-person present indicative form, with the exception of the verb be. The subject of these sentences can only identify as you (the second person). The use of imperative mood may appear impolite, inappropriate or offensive in some social situations.
This section deals with the indicative and imperative moods which are the first moods beginners learn. Rather than overwhelm students with the words indicative and imperative, focus on giving them plenty of practice using them. With 27 worksheets to choose from, Busy Teacher can help you plan your lessons. Exercises related to giving directions are great practice for the imperative; this worksheet is a perfect example. It combines giving directions with a few prepositions of place. It includes directions for two games that can be played in groups as well as a handout. Students can complete the handout, which you might want to do before the other activities or as homework, individually for comprehension practice. For other activities related to this topic, simply look at other worksheets in this section. Even if you do not find exactly what you are looking for, you can use what you see as inspiration for your own worksheets. Since all of the worksheets are free, you can download as many as you want.
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