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    chan Guest

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    Hello teachers,
    I'd like to know if this sentence is an imperative one or a declarative one.
    'Make your self at home.'

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    Default Re: illocutionary force

    Quote Originally Posted by chan
    Hello teachers,
    I'd like to know if this sentence is an imperative one or a declarative one.
    'Make yourself at home.'

    The illocutionary act is a command. The illocutionary point is an attempt to get someone to do something, which in this case could be something like wanting a person to sit down:

    Mike: (opens his front door and invites John into the house) "Make yourself at home"
    John: (sits down on the sofa) "Thanks"

    All the best,

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    chan Guest

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    Many thanks! :D

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