Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Identify examples of imperative sentences in paragraph 13 of Emerson's "Education."

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An imperative sentence can do a number of things, but they all amount to one goal: an imperative sentence tells someone what to do. Most often, they amount to a command or a piece of instruction. Thus, there is not actually an imperative sentence in the thirteenth paragraph of this essay. That particular paragraph reads,

Whilst thus the world exists for the mind; whilst thus the man is ever invited inward into shining realms of knowledge and power by the shows of the world, which interpret to him the infinitude of his own consciousness—it becomes the office of a just education to awaken him to the knowledge of this fact.

The first independent clause, which precedes the semicolon, describes the world. The second independent clause, which...

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