With origin in Latin imperatīvus, the term imperative describe who reigns or is able to command or dominate. To cite some examples of use: “My boss is an imperative man who does not accept suggestions or advice”, “Sometimes you have to be more imperative in life”, “We need an imperative coach, capable of keeping the younger players under control”.

ImperativeImperative, say the theoretical definitions, also identifies the should or to inexcusable demand (Those actions that do not admit excuses or apologies, cannot fail to materialize or cannot be avoided with pretexts): “Excuse me but I can’t attend the party, I had an imperative from work”, “I’m calling to cancel my shift, I must comply with an imperative that prevents me from attending this afternoon”.

There is talk of moral imperative, instead, to refer to the obligation that one imposes oneself on ethical issues. For Kantian ethics, categorical imperative constitutes the autonomous and self-sufficient commandment that regulates the behavior of people in its various manifestations.

Specifically of this aforementioned categorical imperative, its creator established that it was based on three basic and fundamental principles, the first of which determined that a person should act humanely both for himself and for the rest and always having a clear purpose with it.

The second pillar of that imperative is the one that made it clear that, in the same way, it should act trying or wishing that its action would reach heights of universal maximum. And the third and last “law” of this Kant theory was that this individual should be considered as a legislator in that world of universal ends when carrying out his various actions.

In the same way, we cannot ignore the legal imperative term. With it, a specific action is defined as an obligation that is not only legally registered as such but is also legally binding.

An example of action that is considered in this way is that which takes place in Spain with respect to the publicity of political parties during the corresponding electoral campaigns. Thus, it is established that when that advertisement appears on any television in the country, it must be on the screen as a subtitle that is about electoral advertising or propaganda. In this way, whoever turns on the television is prevented from mistakenly thinking that what they are watching is news.

The imperative modeFinally, it is a grammatical modality that is used to issue orders, carry out specific mandates or requests. In the Spanish language, this mode is one of the four finite grammatical variants (as is the case with the subjunctive, the indicative and the conditional).

Various examples of sentences conjugated in imperative mood: “Sit down, you”, “You sit down”, “Shut up”, “Shut up”, “You go away”, “Let’s get out of here”, “Get out of here”.

It should be noted that there are differences between the use of the imperative in the Spanish of Spain and the Spanish of Latin America: “Come back later” / “Come back later”, “Come to my office right now” / “Come to my office right now”.