Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Imperatives are verbs used to give orders, commands and instructions. The form used is usually the same as the base form. It is one of the three moods of an English verb. Imperatives should be used carefully in English; to give firm orders or commands, but not as much when trying to be polite or show respect to the other person.

•"Think Small."
(slogan of Volkswagen)

•"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
(Mark Twain)

•"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back."
(Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game")

•"Seek simplicity, and distrust it."
(Alfred North Whitehead)

•Westley: Give us the gate key.
Yellin: I have no gate key.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, tear his arms off.
Yellin: Oh, you mean this gate key.
(The Princess Bride, 1987)

•"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
(President John Kennedy, 1961)

•"Leave the gun. [pause] Take the cannolis."
(Clemenza in The Godfather, 1972)

•"Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!"
(El Jefe, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, 1974)

•"Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face!"
(John Candy as Buck Russell in Uncle Buck, 1989)

•"Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force."
(Darth Vader, Star Wars, 1977)

•"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
(Ernest Hemingway)

•"Forget them, Wendy. Forget them all. Come with me where you'll never, never have to worry about grown up things again."
(Peter in film adaptation of Peter Pan, 2003)

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