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The imperative mood (abbreviated imp) expresses commands or requests as a grammatical mood. These commands or requests urge the audience to act a certain way. It also may signal a prohibition, permission, or any other kind of exhortation.

Formulation of the English imperative simply uses the bare infinitive form of the verb. The infinitive form usually corresponds to the second-person present indicative form, with the exception of the verb be. The subject of these sentences is usually understood as you (the second person) except in the case of "Let's" which implies first person and at least a second person. Other languages such as Latin, French and German have several inflected imperative forms, which can vary according to grammatical categories such as:

Distinct conjugation patterns;
Grammatical number;
Distinct grammatical persons.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperative_...

Written or spoken directions for carrying out a procedure or performing a task.

Step-by-step instructions typically use the second-person point of view (you, your, yours). Instructions are usually written in the active voice and the imperative mood: Address your audience directly.

Most instructions are written in the form of a numbered list so that users clearly recognize the sequence of the tasks.

Effective instructions often include visual elements (such as pictures, diagrams, and flowcharts) that illustrate and clarify the text. Instructions intended for an international audience may rely entirely on pictures and familiar symbols. (These are called wordless instructions.)

http://grammar.about.com/od/il/g/Instruc...


instructions (or directions which are instructions ) commonly use the imperative mood because things need to be done in order. If I gave you instructions to go to the park and said go two blocks, turn right, go over bridge, turn left., they wold be useless unless they are done in the correct order.
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they didn't call this the imperative mood when i learned it, it was the imperative tense.
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