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Imperatives

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Leanne Hazard

on 29 April 2014

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Transcript of Imperatives

Imperatives
group work
Work in small groups.

Discuss the following questions:

What were you told to do?

Who among you did not follow directions?

What pronoun was dropped as the instructions were given?

What sort of word was used in expressing the commands?

Could you spot any prepositions in the commands?
imperatives
Imperatives are command verbs. We use the imperative to:

give instructions
"Check your dictionaries"

give orders
"Do your homework!"

give advice or suggestions
"Study English every day if you want to be fluent."

offer something
"Have some more coffee"

imperative form
bare infinitive + object

Shut + the door
Go + to bed

negative imperatives add 'do not' before the bare infinitive

do not + bare infinitive + object

Do not + open + the window
Do not + forget + your pen
lesson objectives
By the end of this lesson you will be able to:

Complete the second entry in your writing log

Explain how to use imperatives for giving instructions

Write one set of instructions using imperatives
a quick warm up....
STAND UP
RAISE YOUR ARMS
STRETCH
TOUCH YOUR KNEES
STRAIGHTEN UP
TOUCH YOUR ELBOWS
TURN AROUND
STOP
PUT YOUR ARMS IN FRONT OF YOU
PUT THEM ABOVE YOUR HEAD
DROP THEM
SIT DOWN
Watch the video clip and answer the questions on your handout.
flexible (adj): easy to change

convenient (adj): suitable for your needs

economic (adj): not using a lot of money
register (verb): to put information on a list or record

credit (noun): money

protect (verb): to keep someone or something safe


'How to' Guide
Work in pairs.

Use your answers from the listening activity to create a guide to help others top up their oyster card.


group work
In groups, think of three ways you could:

Leave a message for a friend without a paper, pen, phone or computer.

Make toast without a toaster.

Hit a nail without a hammer.

Mow the lawn without a mower.

Clean your teeth without a toothbrush.


Choose the best idea

In groups, write instructions to explain how to carry out your idea.
Swap your instructions with another group:
Read the instructions you have been given and decide:

Do the instructions make sense?
Are they easy to follow?
How could they be improved?

Instructions should:

be short and clear
contain imperatives
be in the right order
contain numbered steps
your turn...
Write your own set of instructions for:

Mending a bicycle puncture

Baking a cake

Sending a text message

Playing a game or sport

Making a birthday card
Only choose one!
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