imperative mood

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imperative mood (plural imperative moods)

  1. (grammar) The grammatical mood generally expressing a command, though also used to express a request or permission.
    • 1591, Shakespeare, King Henry VI, part 1:
      Go to the gates of Bourdeaux, trumpeter: Summon their general unto the wall.
    • 1879, Kentucky Public Documents[1]:
      According to the definition of the imperative, this mood can express nothing but a command. Yet verbs of imperative form may also express entreaty or permission, as may, indeed, the indicative and the generally so-called potential.



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