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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 “you. 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.)

  • Look how beautiful this is.
  • Please waters the flowers today.
  • Feed the dog.
  • Turn on the oven.
  • Give me a kiss.

Commands are often used with children.

  • Always wear your helmet.
  • Hold still for a picture.
  • Don’t be mad at me.
  • Take your hands off your eyes look at me.

If someone doesn’t do what you wanted him or her to do, use the word “tell.” For examples: Purple Level tell.

Quiz Commands

Part A.

Directions: Fill in the blank with the correct word from the list of word choices below. Some sentences are negative. (10 points)

tell / open / wait / leave / eat / bring / have / go / make / sit

  • ____ me the newspaper from outside. (bring)
  • ____ all of your vegetables! (eat)
  • ____ the door! (negative) (don’t open)
  • ____ on the couch. (sit)
  • ____ your muddy shoes outside! (leave)
  • Please ____ to work today. You’re sick. (negative) (don’t go)
  • Here. ____ some more coffee. (have)
  • ____ my mother I broke her lamp.(negative) (don’t tell)
  • Please ____ for me here. I’ll be right back. (wait)
  • ____ that recipe again. It tasted terrible!(negative) (don’t make)

Part B.

Directions: Fill in the blank with the correct word from the list below. Use the polite form with please. Some of these commands are negative. (10 points)

do / close / call / let / help / find / clean / work / see / turn

  • ____ ____ your room today. It’s a mess. (please clean)
  • ____ ____ ____ that any more! It hurts.(negative) (please don’t do)
  • ____ ____ me! This is hard to do alone. (please help)
  • ____ ____ ____ him eat that. (negative) (please don’t let)
  • ____ ____ on the light. (please turn)
  • ____ the door ____. (close , please)
  • ____ ____ a doctor about that. You’re sick! (please see)
  • ____ me at that number ____. (call , please)
  • ____ ____ ____ on that computer.(negative)(please don’t work)
  • ____ ____ your shoes. We have to go.(please find)

Reading Time : A farm is a great place to work.

A farm is a great place to work. There are many different jobs to do on a farm, and farmers spend most of their time outside in the spring, summer, and fall. Winter is nice also if you don’t mind being outside when it’s cold.

Farms in the United States produce crops such as corn, wheat, soybeans, and cotton. Farms in California and Florida can grow crops all year round, so the orange juice you had for breakfast probably came from one of those states.

Some farmers raise cows for the production of milk and cheese. They’re called dairy farmers. Dairy farms are very popular in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Farmers who grow apples and pears have large orchards. They’re very busy in the fall months of September and October when the fruit ripens. You can go to an orchard in the fall and pick your own apples. By visiting an orchard, you can learn a little about what it’s like to work on a farm.

How much do you remember from the reading ? Fill in the blanks.

  • __ farm is ___ great place to work. (A … a )
  • Farmers ____ most of their time outside. (spend)
  • Farms in California and Florida grow ___ all year round. (crops)
  • In which states are dairy farms popular?
    • __ are popular in Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Dairy farms)
  • Where do farmers grow their apples?
    • They grow apples in an _____. (orchard)