Fare thee well! and if for ever, | Stlll for ever fare thee well! Byron.
IV. It has already been observed (6, a, 2, Note) that imperative sentences with the subject expressed beara close resemblance to hortative sentences, the main difference often being no other than a difference of person. Even this distinction is not always a sure test, a noun or an indefinite pronoun being sometimes used as a substitute for a personal pronoun of the second person.
Harris said: "Now, the first thing to settle is what to take with us. Now you get a bit of paper and write down, J, and you get the grocery catalogue, George, and somebody give me a bit of penei!, and then 1*11 make out a list Jerome, Three Men in a Boat, Ch. III, 24.
I said: „No; you get the paper and the pencil and the catalogue, and George write down, and 1*11 do the work. ib, Ch. III, 28.
60. Imperative sentences, either without or with the subject expressed, are largely used as substitutes for: a) Conditional clauses. For illustration see also Ch. XVII, 78, c.
i. Give John an inch, and he was sure to take several ells. Dick, Chuz, Ch. XXXIV, 311a.
Give me fortune, I will strike him dead. Ten, Lan c. and El, 1064.
See het on a Sunday In her simplicity and her white frock, and she might pass for an earl's daughter. Miss Mitford, Our V i 11 a g e, Ch. I, 12.
Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn .. .. .vi || jn(0 a gar(jen. gjve njm a njne years' lease of a garden, and he will turn it into a desert. Westm. Gaz, No. 5388, 12a.
ii. Go Hercules! | Live thou, I live. Shak, Merch. of Ven, III, 2, 61. Find you the heart to go, 1*11 find the mearis. Reade, The C1 o i s t and the H e a r t h, Ch. IX, 48.
The imperative bar may assumethecharacterof apreposition.
Bar Milner's speech, there has scarcely been a word about our policy in the whole of the debate. Westm. Gaz, No. 5173, 5a.
Also except may be understood as an imperative that has assumed the function of a preposition. Primarily the word is, however, a contracted form of excepted. Compare Onions, Adv. Eng. Synt, § 61c, 4, iii. 6) Concessive clauses. For illustration see also Ch. XVII, 95, b.