ASSERTIVE TO IMPERATIVE

Assertive sentences are statements whereas Imperative sentences are orders, requests, commands, proposals, etc. But the main difference between them is their structure.

In an assertive sentence, the subject is always before the verb and the subject must be mentioned. But an imperative sentence begins with a verb and the subject is not mentioned. 

Imperative to Assertive 

Remember that the subject of an imperative sentence is YOU which is not mentioned. When you change an imperative sentence into an assertive, just mention the subject. Yet, the following tips may help you transform the sentences more easily. 

Tips-1: To transform an imperative sentence into assertive, we write 'You should' at the beginning of the imperative. 

Imperative: Don't go out in the rain.
Assertive: You should not go in the rain.
Imperative: Never tell a lie.
Assertive: You should never tell a lie.
Imperative: Always speak the truth.
Assertive: You should always speak the truth.


Change the following sentences into imperative.

(a) Respect your parents. 

(b) Go out. 

(c) Do not go out in cold weather.

(d) Post the letter for me. 

(e) Do not tell a lie. 


Tips-2: If an imperative sentence begins with 'Let', the object of 'Let' becomes the subject of the assertive. 

Imperative: Let us read now.
Assertive: We should read now.

Imperative: Let him go now.
Assertive: He should go now.

Imperative: Let her sleep now.
Assertive: She should sleep now.
Imperative: Let them play now.
Assertive: They should play now.
Imperative: Let Asha sing now.
AssertiveAsha should sing now.

Imperative: Let the rain stop first.
AssertiveThe rain should stop first.

Change the following sentences into imperative.

(a) Let us not help the poor. 

(b) Let Della sing a song. 

(c) Let them play football.

(d) Let him be warned. 

(e) Let her go out. 

Assertive to Imperative

So far you have seen how to change an imperative sentence into assertive. Now read the following sentences and note how they are transformed from assertive to imperative. 

Rule-1: To change an assertive sentence into imperative, just ellipt the subject 'You' and modal verb.  

Assertive: You should think before you leap.
Imperative: Think before you leap.

AssertiveYou should never tell a lie.
Imperative: Never tell a lie.

AssertiveYou ought to respect your parents.
Imperative: Respect your parents.

Assertive: You should not find fault with others.
Imperative: Do not find fault with others.

Change the following sentences into imperative.

(a) You should not go out in cold weather. 

(b) Would you post the letter for me, please? 

(c) You should not find fault with others.

(d) You should not kill your time. 

(e) You should not laugh at a lame man. 


Rule-2: If the assertive sentence begins with other subject (except you), Write Let + Objective form of the subject. 

Assertive: I eat rice.
Imperative: Let me eat rice.

Assertive: We do not tell a lie.
Imperative: Let us not tell a lie.

Assertive: He wants to go out.
Imperative: Let him go out.

Assertive: She wants to sing a song.
Imperative: Let her sing a song.


Change the following sentences into imperative.

(a) He must be warned.

(b) He plays football. 

(c) We should take care of our health. 

(d) We should have the courage to say the right things. 

(e) He plays football.