231. The imperative
mood is the form of the verb used in direct commands, entreaties, or
Usually second person.
232. The imperative is
naturally used mostly with the second person, since commands are
directed to a person addressed.
Call up the shades of Demosthenes and Cicero to
vouch for your words; point to their immortal works.—J. Q. Adams.
Honor all men; love all men; fear
Oh, from these sterner aspects of
Spare me and mine, nor let us need the
Of the mad unchained elements.
"Hush! mother," whispered Kit. "Come along
Tell me, how was it you thought of coming
Sometimes with first person
in the plural.
But the imperative may be used with the plural of the
first person. Since the first person plural person is not really I + I, but I +
you, or I + they, etc., we may use the imperative with we in a command,
request, etc., to you implied in it. This is scarcely ever found outside
Part we in friendship from
And, noble earl, receive my hand.
Then seek we not their
The silence dwells of my
Break we our watch
Usually this is expressed by let with the
objective: "Let us go." And the same with the third person: "Let
him be accursed."