To write instructions, start the sentence with a verb. Sometimes that’s all you need, for example:

Stop.

Listen.

These are sentences! But sometimes you’ll need to add an object (to give the hearer more information), for example:

Listen to me.

Look at this photo.

Take two slices of bread.

For a negative, just add ‘do not’ or ‘don’t’ to the start:

Do not feed the ducks.

Don’t worry.

If there are two people listening and you want to talk to only one of them, you can add their name:

Chris, come with me, please.

It’s good to add ‘please’ if you’re speaking directly to someone and want them to do something. This is called a request. There’s more about requests here.

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