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What is imperative mood?

 

Definition
 

Imperative mood is mood that signals directive modality, especially in commands. Its use may be extended to signal permission.

Discussion
 

An imperative verb is typically not inflected for most of the grammatical categories associated with verbs in a language, especially tense and person.

Example (English)
 

Here is an example of a construction indicating imperative mood:

 
  • Come in!
  • Source:

    Palmer 1986 108

  • Kind
      Here is a kind of imperative mood:
     
    Generic
      Imperative mood is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 108

     

    Chung and Timberlake 1985 247

     

    Bybee 1985 171

     

    Palmer 1986 29, 97, 108, 111

     

    Mish 1991 603

     

    Crystal 1980 153

     

    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 78, 803


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