Also known as the imperative form, commands
are very easy to use. Begin the sentence with a verb and
end with an object, a person or a thing.
Tell someone to do something:
* Answer the phone, please.
Drive to the post office.
Help me find this information.
The subject in each of these
sentences is "you," but
it doesn't sound correct to use the subject.
* You answer the phone, please.
* You drive to the post office.
* You help me.
Tell someone not to do something:
* Don't do that. (The subject is "you.")
* Don't hit him.
* Don't drive a car without a seat belt.
In each sentence above, the present tense is used
and the subject is
The polite form of a command uses
the word "please."
* Please give that to me.
* Pass the potatoes, please. (Use the word "pass" when you
sit at a table with other people and eat food.)
If someone doesn't do what you wanted him
or her to do, use the word "tell." For examples, click
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