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    Imperative Mood

    I would like to say "Be appreciated!" to my son to mean that he should appreciate all the things he is provided with.
    1. Is it grammatically correct?
    2. If I say "Be appreciative!" Is it also correct and still in Imperative Mood?
    3. Please shed some light on the difference between the two forms.
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    #2

    Re: Imperative Mood

    Only #2 is correct for what you mean. In "be appreciated" he is not the actor, the subject. Someone else is appreciating him. It doesn't make any sense to command someone to be appreciated.

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    Re: Imperative Mood

    Thanks very much for your reply. But I am still not clear on this 'imperative mood' thing. When we express something in the form of imperative mood 'Be' + past participle, I thought the actor should be 'you' (the one who receives the command.) For example, "Be seated", "Be prepared", "Be gone", etc.
    Please help me out here.

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    Re: Imperative Mood

    Quote Originally Posted by pvn01 View Post
    the form of imperative mood 'Be' + past participle
    I think it should be 'Be + adjective', as in 'Be seated'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Imperative Mood

    Quote Originally Posted by pvn01 View Post
    When we express something in the form of imperative mood 'Be' + past participle, I thought the actor should be 'you' (the one who receives the command.) For example, "Be seated", "Be prepared", "Be gone", etc.
    But how exactly does someone be appreciated? People may appreciate someone's work, but the person on the receiving end of the appreciation cannot be commanded to do so- they are not in control. If you tell someone to be appreciative, you are giving them an instruction that they can obey- they can control their manners.

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    #6

    Re: Imperative Mood

    ****** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Pvn:

    I agree with the teachers that "Be appreciated" is a very unlikely command.

    But I do think that it is possible, at least in theory.

    *****

    Son: Well, I am starting my career. Any advice for me?

    Father: Well, be appreciated.

    Son: What do you mean, Dad?

    Father: I mean that during the next 50 years you should conduct yourself in such an ethical manner [high standards of honesty] and with such competence [high standards of performance] that when you retire in 2065, people will have deeply appreciated everything that you will have done for them during that time.

    Son: Golly, Dad, what good advice. Tomorrow I'm going to have a plate made for my desk. It will have just two words to remind me: Be appreciated.
    Last edited by TheParser; 14-Nov-2015 at 15:16.

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    #7

    Re: Imperative Mood

    Thanks everyone. I think Matthews has some points saying in this case (being in imperative mood/form) it is Be + adjective. It's participle adjective at work here. So, "Be appreciated" might not sound right, it is grammatically correct. However, it seems that when there is such adjective "appreciative" available, one should use it instead. Is there such rule?

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    #8

    Re: Imperative Mood

    I don't think such a rule exists. Note also the difference in meaning between -ed, -ive, -ing ... etc. adjectives.

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    #9

    Re: Imperative Mood

    In the imperative mood, the word after "be" does not have to be an adjective. Nouns/pronouns work also.

    Be yourself!
    Be a man!
    Be a mother!
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    #10

    Re: Imperative Mood

    Quote Originally Posted by pvn01 View Post
    Is there such rule?
    Not that I know of- this is meaning driven rather than a grammatical issue.

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