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Imperative Form

In this worksheet, students will identify the imperative forms of verbs by identifying them in different sentences.

'Imperative Form' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:  Grammar Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

If you go to a playground where there are parents and children, you will hear the imperative form of many verbs. For example:

 

"Come here!"

"Be careful!"

"Mind that puddle!"

 

 

People sometimes use the imperative form if they are being bossy because they are telling someone else to do something. We also use the imperative form to ask someone nicely to do something. For example:

 

"Come on darling, put your coat on!"

"Please sign here."

 

The imperative form can be useful when you are writing. It is used in many non-fiction texts, such as instructions and recipes.

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

Billy kicked the ball into the net.

"Kick it in, Billy!"

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

"Mend my trousers!"

Mum said she would mend my trousers.

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

She left her dishes on the table.

Leave your dishes on the table.

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

He says we mustn't touch that switch.

Whatever happens, leave that switch alone!

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

Close down the computer properly.

If you just turn it off at the switch we will have problems.

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

The teacher says not to forget to put the books away.

Put the books away neatly, please.

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

"I don't know how you make this at all!" she said.

Join the front to the back and sew them together.

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

He took the first turning after the lights.

Take the first turning after the lights.

Read these sentences and choose the ones which are imperative.

Add the cream and stir slowly into the mixture.

Watch out!

She added the cream slowly into the mixture.

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

Come in and close the door.

She came in and closed the door.

Wow, that was a close one!

  • Question 1

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Kick it in, Billy!"
EDDIE SAYS
The trick here is to be bossy. When we are writing in the imperative form, we are telling someone what to do or asking them to do something. Look out for the sentence that sounds the most bossy.
  • Question 2

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Mend my trousers!"
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it? Remember we are looking for bossy sentences! Here 'Mend my trousers!' is a command. The subject of the sentence is telling someone to do something. This is a bossy sentence.
  • Question 3

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

CORRECT ANSWER
Leave your dishes on the table.
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort. Look for the sentence that is telling someone to do something. In this example option 1 is written in third person, the subject themselves is not actually talking. This means option 1 can not be written in imperative form. When writing in imperative form we use the first person, as if the subject is actually talking themselves. Keep going, you got this!
  • Question 4

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

CORRECT ANSWER
Whatever happens, leave that switch alone!
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this now? Look for the 'bossy' verbs. When writing in this way we use imperative verbs. These are words that make the sentence an order or a command. In option 2 the word 'leave' is used as an action that needs to be done.
  • Question 5

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

CORRECT ANSWER
Close down the computer properly.
EDDIE SAYS
High five! Remember keep looking for the sentence that sounds bossy. Option 1 is a command, it is telling us to do something. This makes it written in imperative form.
  • Question 6

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

CORRECT ANSWER
Put the books away neatly, please.
EDDIE SAYS
Keep thinking bossy! Option 2 is telling us to do something directly, whereas option 1 is telling the reader what the teacher has said. Option 1 is not bossy, it is not giving a command. You can do this, just keep thinking bossy.
  • Question 7

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

CORRECT ANSWER
Join the front to the back and sew them together.
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort. Look for the imperative verb. The word that tells us to do an action. In option 2 the verb 'join' is used. This is a bossy verb, it is telling the reader to do something. Keep it up!
  • Question 8

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

CORRECT ANSWER
Take the first turning after the lights.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it? Option 2 is imperative as it is telling the reader directly to do something. Nearly there now!
  • Question 9

Read these sentences and choose the ones which are imperative.

CORRECT ANSWER
Add the cream and stir slowly into the mixture.
Watch out!
EDDIE SAYS
A bit trickier here as you needed to find more than one answer. However just keep trying to identify the commands. The sentences that are asking or ordering someone to do something. Option 3 is telling the reader what happened, it is not commanding the reader to do anything.
  • Question 10

Read these sentences and choose the one which is imperative.

CORRECT ANSWER
Come in and close the door.
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! 'Wow, that was a close one!' is not imperative as it is not telling anyone to do anything.This can also be said for option 2. However when we look at option 1. 'Come in and close the door'. We can see that this sentence is telling the reader to do something which means this must be written in imperative form.
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