jussive

/ˈdʒʌsɪv/
adjective
Grammar
(of a form of a verb) expressing a command.

Origin
Mid 19th century: from Latin juss- ‘commanded’ (from the verb jubere) + -ive.

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“Go, go, go!” is well documented in film as the appropriate jussive verb usage at the start of an attack. It is not documented why three repetitions is considered necessary.

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“Don’t run with scissors!” is a common commandment from mothers. It makes me consider an alternative image, and to ask “Which is more dangerous?”

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