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    Imperative sentences in academic writing

    Dear Teachers and Friends:

    In an academic writing, is it professional if imperative sentences are often used?


    - Now, consider this case...

    - Deduce this equality from....

    In addition, is it good to replace imperative sentences by "It is to + v"?


    - It is to consider this case....

    - Now, it is to investigate....

    Thank you in advance for your idea!

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    Re: Imperative sentences in academic writing

    Please give your comments on my confusion! Thanks.

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    Re: Imperative sentences in academic writing

    It has been a long time since I have read academic writing and have never written it.

    However, I don't recall being instructed by the author to do anything in an imperative. I can imagine it being used in popular science type publications - magazines aimed at the amateur astronomer or sociologist, etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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