Giving and Responding to Commands
Commands are used to give instructions (for example; when asking someone to do something) or to give directions ( for example; when telling someone how to find a place, or in helping them complete a task). There are direct and indirect commands, polite and impolite commands and negative and positive commands. Below are a few examples of the different ways in which one can give commands and the forms that can be used.
“Get that for me.”
“Put that away.”
“Come here, now!”
“Could you go?”
“Could/would you get that for me?”
“Could you stop that?”
“Could you put that away (for me)?”
“Get that for me please.”
“Stop, please.”/”Please, stop.”
“Put that away, please.”
“Don’t (do not) go.”
“Don’t get that.”
“Don’t/Never say that!”
“Don’t put that away.”
Jane and Dexter are making macaroni and cheese dinner…
Jane: I love macaroni and cheese.
Dexter: So do I. You need to add more cheese, it’s not yellow or cheesy enough.
Jane: You may be right. Get the cheese out of the refrigerator for please.
Dexter: Sure. Here you go!
Jane: There! That should do it. Put the cheese away for me please?
Dexter: Leave it on the counter, I’ll get it when I’m done setting the table.
Jane: I think we make a good team. We should open our own restaurant.
Dexter: You would have to be the chef, because I can’t cook at all. Ha, ha, ha!
Jane: You are right! Ha, ha, ha!
Create your own dialog using the expressions above.
You: ____________________________(Commands above).
Your friend: _______________________ (Respond. Then use a commands above).
You: ____________________________ (Respond).