Uses of Imperative and Prohibitive forms

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Imperative and prohibitive forms sound very authoritative.

In some cases, like rooting for your team, these forms are often used without implying you are superior to the athletes.

Softer imperative, masu stem plus なさい (e.g., 食べなさい) is used to tell children what to do by their mothers.

Teachers to students.

Older siblings to younger ones, often 「よ」 to soften the tone.
例: 早くしろよ、学校におくれるよ。

In a reported speech, even when the spoken words were a lot softer.
例: 母が、もうあなたに会うなと言ったの。


Tae Kim
Maggie Sensei