myQBook English Grammar Concepts


Imperative sentences give commands. This type of sentence is special because it can have an implied subject. This means that the subject doesn’t actually have to be part of the sentence; it can be implied, or stated indirectly. However, the only implied subject that an imperative sentence can have is “you”.

Imperative sentences don’t always have to have an implied subject, though. When an imperative sentence doesn’t have an implied subject, the subject can be anything that makes sense, just like any other type of sentence.

Imperative sentences end with a period or an exclamation point, depending on the strength of the command. Consider the following examples:

Come here.

Joey, clean your room.

Somebody call 911!

The first example is a simple command with the implied subject of "you". Notice that the subject is not actually a word in the sentence, but the reader can tell that the writer is really saying “You come here.” The writer doesn’t want this sentence to carry much emotion, so the sentence ends with a period.

The second example is another imperative sentence with a regular subject, “Joey”. The writer doesn’t want this sentence to have much emotion, so it ends with a period.

The third example is an imperative sentence with a regular subject, “Somebody”. This sentence ends with an exclamation point because the writer wants to add more emotion to it.


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