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Questions tagged [imperatives]

命令. Grammar, syntax, and sentence patterns of giving commands, issuing orders, and related acts such as some requests and the equivalent of English "let's".

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How is な used here?

鈴木よ、聞いてやるな。そちらの道には君の息子が気に入っている娘がいるのだ Context: 鈴木 asks his son what was on that direction since his son was looking that direction. Then someone else said the sentence I gave above. I'm confused of ...
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待った! as an interjection [duplicate]

I've just noticed that in the 逆転裁判/Ace Attorney series, the interjection translated as "Hold it!" is 「待った!」I would understand if it was 「待って!」, but why would the past tense be used as an interjection? ...
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Is there a difference in (im)politeness between ~てくれ and ~て?

I understand that ~てください is the polite request form, and that both ~てくれ and simply using the ~て form are both more colloquial. I'm just not sure how they compare, my guess would be that ~てくれ is more ...
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What does よ bring in 「〜ないでよね」?

I sometimes hear or read sentences such as: 行かないでよね! 聞かないでよね! I get 「行かないでね!」and 「行かないでよ!」 but I wonder what nuance is added when both of them are used like in these examples. I have the feeling ...
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What is the meaning of まさか…お前が …喜べ

I read in a manga that a character said "...まさか...お前が", "...喜べ" does it make sense to add imperative form here or the 喜べ isn't connected to the omae ga
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What is the difference between the imperative forms of the -aru verbs?

What is the difference between these imperative forms: nas-ai nas-are nas-aimase nas-aimashi (As far as I understand these verb forms apply only to the honorific –aru verbs irassharu, ossharu, ...
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About くれ in 契約を守ってくれなくては困る

In the sentence below, is くれ imperative form of くれる? 契約を守ってくれなくては困る
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しろ vs. せよ imperative forms

While browsing Youtube, I came across a comment which said the following: はじめしゃしょーを思い出した人は返信せよ My question is about the ending. I understand that せよ is an imperative form of する just like しろ. ...
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Why does 逃げよ mean 'Escape!"?

I have been watching some anime recently and I often hear people say にげよ (逃げよ in kanji maybe?) and it is usually translated as "(Let's) escape!". I want to know why it is translated this way. ...
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What form of imperative is this? 是非この機会お見逃しなく!

The following statement seems like an imperative but does not have the structure of the imperative: 是非{ぜひ}この機会{きかい}お見逃{みのが}しなく! Make sure not to miss this opportunity! Is なく 連用形 of ない? If yes, ...
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What is the meaning of と in this sentence?

Its from the song "Stay with me"; 帰らないでと泣いた Also, is there a better way to translate the 'naide' form of a verb than "without doing"? It sounds quite odd I think.
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こと as an Imperative

I just came across the grammar being metioned here http://japanesetest4you.com/flashcard/learn-jlpt-n3-grammar-%e3%81%93%e3%81%a8-koto/. It states yet another way to form the imperative. To my ...
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Please help me understand 思い巡らせた

ネビルはずっとメソメソしていた。罰っていったい何だろう、とハリーは思い巡らせた。 Neville kept sniffing. Harry wondered what their punishment was going to be. Please help me understand 思い巡らせた in the sentence above, especially its ...
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Is な used for emphasis or negative imperative in this sentence?

「おまえ、そんな体験したこともねぇのにわかったようなこと言うなっ」 Even though you've never had such an experience, (you say things like you understand)/(don't say things like you understand). Is this な the negative imperative ...
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Imperative form is rude…?

So I've been digging around some more and found this image from a PDF here. Basically, it said that the Imperative form (such as 見ろ{みろ} or 飛べ{とべ}) is usually considered ruder than the ~て form (such ...
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The meaning of ~がいい

I've read a lot of mangas and I've noticed the use of がいい after a verb e.g. 見る{みる}がいい。 諦めた{あきらめた}ほうがいい。 Does it work as an adverb?
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君の元へ飛んでゆけ - imperative or optative?

This is the context. Yura yura to yuganda sora e Kimi no moto e tonde yuke Konna ni mo chikaku ni kanjiteru Futatsu no omoi ゆらゆらと歪んだ空へ 君の元へ飛んでゆけ こんなにも近くに感じてる ふたつの想い This is my ...
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Imperative with masu stem [duplicate]

I just had my first karate lesson and was puzzled. When the instructor wanted us to start or stop he would say はじめ and やめ. I would have expected to hear はじめろ or はじめて for example. Is it proper grammar ...
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何も言うでない ! meaning and origin

I have found this sentence in Odin Sphere. I guess it's kind of old fashion for a strong interdiction. I first thought it came from the negative form of である but it doesn't seem to be replaceable by ...
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Meaning of 〜たつもりでも〜ても~。

I understand the meaning of something such as 食べたつもりで寝る。My idea of this is "I go to sleep convinced that I've eaten". Or along those lines. In the book I'm using, the following, similar phrase has ...
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What does 楽しめよ really mean?

I've been listening to the song "If I die tonight" by KOHH and at the end of the second verse he says 楽しめよ and the subtitles say it means "live it up". But when I look for translation elsewhere it's ...
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Positive Imperatives When Telling Someone Not to Do Something

A lot of times, when someone says something stupid or ridiculous, the reply they get is「バカいえ!」, or when someone says something that's obviously a lie, they will be told 「ウソつけ!」. I've also heard 「ふざけろ」 ...
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Which conjugation is this 進む → 進め

I'm translating a song and came across the following sentence: 明日の岸辺へと夢の舟よ進め If it was 明日の岸辺へと夢の舟よ進む it would mean "move on the dream boat to the shores of tomorrow". What changes with this ...
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When to use these plain Te-Forms?

I've studied the use of a polite(?) te-form conjugation that is used to enumerate actions or for a request (adding ください). Examples would be 聞いて, 死んで. But what about non-polite(?) te-form conjugations?...
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Help with translating a certain sentence ending: ~なくしろ

Context: Translated lyrics, (source) English -> (content in question) Japanese. Stanza context: English (source): Put him in the back of a squad-car / restrain that man. Their translation: 彼【かれ】...
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「わからない事は聞くのよ」What makes this imperative?

This is used in an imperative sense: "If there's anything you don't understand, just ask." I wanted to know how the particles worked to give this tone, since, without the particles, it could've been ...
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言え used both as negative and positive imperative

In the following examples the same imperative form is used for two opposite meanings: 「ウンと言え!」 "say yes!" "agree!" 「バカを言え!」 "don't talk stupid!" Clear from context, but I wonder what do Japanese ...
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When to use 従え or 従い?

I found this example sentence in the Internet. [郷]{ごう}に[入]{い}っては[郷]{ごう}に従えと学んできました。 I have learned to do as the Romans when in Rome. What I don't understand is, why use 従え? Shouldn't it be 従い? ...
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What does 「やりい」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. たっぷりかわいがってやりい。 I guess it would mean 'to do' but I would like to know why it is written in this form.
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(美化語)なさい - sound

The difference between (連用形)なさい and (美化語)なさい is rather clear; the first would only be used for social inferiors, and the second can be used for social superiors (it's also part of set expressions ...
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Meaning and usage of 〜してからにしろ

From the manga yotsubato!, casual conversation: 早く寝るのはいいけど、せめて晩飯食って風呂入ってからにしろ In this sentence how does からにしろ at the end change it? I know the full sentence means this: It's ok to go to bed ...
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What does the word 「こいや」 mean?

The full sentence is 「ちょっと こいや」.
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“Irregular” 命令形 of some verbs

Recently I've noticed several verbs where the imperative form is used in a way that is not the "correct" conjugation. くれる → くれ! → The one we're all used to つける → つけ! → An example from my ...
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Is 「うそおっしゃい」 to be taken literally here?

In the video game Ripening Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love, the protagonist Tingle meets a fortune teller who demonstrates her powers to him. She asks him, "You come from a far away town, right?" If ...
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てはいけない or ては行けない?

When using a "te wa ikenai" construction, do you have to write "ikenai" without kanji, or can you use 行? For example: 働かなくてはいけない vs: 働かなくては行けない My understanding was that the idiom was that ...
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Plain form as imperative

Is the plain form ever used to give a command? What does "sugu ni tatsu" mean?
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How do I determine the indirect object of a command?

I'm working my way through the core 2000, and came across this: [明日]{あす}、6[時]{じ}に[起]{お}こしてください。 I immediately thought, "Please wake up at 6am tomorrow." But the translation in the deck instead ...
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Let's not do this

I wonder how to interpret the following sentence: "The weather is bad so let's not go out?". Basically, I want to stay as literal as possible and not end up saying "let's stay home" or using "if the ...
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Let's grab a drink sometime

I need help with a very easy sentence that for some reason I just can't seem to get right. I hate when this happens. I'll be visiting Osaka next week and I can't think of a natural sounding way to ...
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Confusion about し+なさい (“do + do”?)

I've just been thinking that if verb + なさい constructions are a combination of verb stem + なさる's 命令形, how on earth is something like しなさい possible. they both mean "do", don't they ("do do!) perhaps I'm ...
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Difference between ちょっと待って and ちょっと待った

I understand that ちょっと待って means "please wait a while". But I did hear some people using ちょっと待った for the same meaning (maybe). So what is the difference between these two and when should we use 待って or ...
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Imperative before と言う

Does using the imperative form (i.e., よこす → よこせ) before と言う mean "[He] said I have/had to..."? I saw this sentence used: シートが砂で汚れたから、クリーニング代よこせと言いました! I think this sentence basically means: Because ...
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Difference between 一段 imperatives ~よ・~ろ

一段 verbs may be conjugated to form imperative forms of ~よ or ~ろ. For example: 見る forms either 見よ or 見ろ 食べる forms either 食べよ or 食べろ How did the two forms come about? What is the difference in ...
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Other uses of “imperative prohibition” form eg わかるな ・すわんな

I saw a film where in two separate scenes the characters seemed to use the "imperative-prohibition" to invite the opposite action: 1.In one scene a father after explaining something to his son ...
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Imperative used instead of conditional form

This quesion: と言っても vs とは言え . reminded me of a similar case: どっちにしても vs どっちにしろ which are also synonymous as far as I can tell. That got me thinking: Is this coincidental? Are there ...
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understanding hōgejaku — an archaic imperative?

I would like to understand this Zen calligraphy:                          &...
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How many verb endings to express “do this (please)”?

I'm familiar with the て and てください forms of a verb to give a command/request and request, respectively. However, I've run across these other forms and really don't know which to use in what situation. ...
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How do you conjugate i- and na- adjectives (into the presumptive, imperative, conditional, provisional, and progressive forms)?

I feel like mastering conjugations is a major contributor to self expression in Japanese. I realized that some of the grammar points I have been working on have taught me new conjugations. Usually ...
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Natural way to command “call <someone>”

In English and most languages I understand, the natural way to tell your phone to call someone (when using Bluetooth for example) is: Call . I was told that in Japanese, it is more natural to say the ...
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Using な in positive instead of negative imperative (e.g. 行きな)

Putting な after a plain verb turns it into negative imperative. But I noticed that in spoken Japanese, putting な after conjunctive form (連用形) turns it into positive imperative. For example: ...