Grammar Guide: Imperative Mood

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This month many Americans make a list of all the things they are grateful for. Food is somewhere on that list! Turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie . . . these traditional Thanksgiving dishes are all around us.

Many Americans start looking for their favorite old recipes; others look for new recipes to satisfy their friends and family at the end of this month. No matter which recipe you find, you will see the imperative mood. What is the imperative mood?

Imperative Mood
The imperative mood is the mood in English that expresses orders, commands, directions, instructions, and informal advice.

We form the imperative mood by using the simple form of the verb without a subject.
  • Rinse and wash turkey.
  • Place turkey in a roasting pan.
  • Bake turkey for 4 hours.
The following is a simple recipe to cook Thanksgiving turkey. Notice the imperative verbs in the directions.

  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons seasoning salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse and wash turkey. Discard the giblets or add to pan if you like them.
  2. Place turkey in a roasting pan. Separate the skin over the breast to make little pockets. Put 3 tablespoons of the butter on both sides between the skin and breast meat. The butter makes the turkey meat very juicy.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the water with the bouillon. Sprinkle in the parsley and minced onion. Pour over the top of the turkey. Sprinkle seasoning salt over the turkey.
  4. Cover the turkey with foil and bake it in the preheated oven 3 1/2 to 4 hours until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). For the last 45 minutes, remove the foil so that the turkey will brown nicely.
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