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Olmen, Daniël Van. 2019. A three-fold approach to the imperative's usage in English and Dutch. Journal of Pragmatics 139 : 146–162.
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Imperatives serve less to gain concrete results, more to control discourse/interaction. The imperative is mainly employed as a pure directive and with pretty high effort. The English imperative is a bit more open to non-agentive verbs than the Dutch one. The Dutch imperative is more typically willful and implies higher effort. The speech act, the collostructional, and parametric methods replete each other.