Practice the Imperative with Flight Safety Video



Hey everyone! Here’s another flight safety instruction lesson (previous lessons include a rapping flight attendant and vocabulary practice). This time we can review some grammar: The Imperative.

The imperative is used to tell someone to do something, or not to do something. It’s a command.

Since airline safety instruction demonstrations are telling people what to do – and not to do – flight attendants use the imperative throughout their speeches.

1.  To form the imperative, use the present tense.

2.  The subject of the imperative is always the same: you.

Why? Because the imperative is used by someone to give a command to someone else. For one person to tell someone else to do something, they have to say “you, do this” or “you, don’t do that.” The speaker is commanding one person to do something (“you” singular) or a several people to do something (“you” plural). But we don’t use the word “you”:

You, put your bag away.

You, turn off your telephone.

The subject is understood, so we do not use the word “you”. The correct form is simply:

Put your bag away.

Turn off your telephone.

Don’t smoke in the restroom.

Even if the person is directly addressed, the subject is still you. For example:

Sir, turn off your computer. (subject is you, not he)

To make an imperative more polite, we can add the word “please”.

Sir, please turn off your computer. Thank you.

Please do not stand in the aisle

To practice listening to imperatives, watch this safety demonstration. You will get the chance to listen to an Australian accent.

How was it? Could you understand the video? If you need to see the transcript of the video, just click here.

Now for a short quiz to test your use of the imperative.




your window blind for takeoff and landing.


Question 1 of 9


shutterstock_53834092 (flight attendant life vest demo)

If needed, into the red tubes to inflate the life vest.

Question 2 of 9


shutterstock_35905057 (plane tray table)

your tray table during takeoff.


Question 3 of 9



Do not: (choose all that are correct)



Question 4 of 9

5. shutterstock_112748383 (safety belt)

Please your seatbelt fastened when you are seated.

Question 5 of 9

6. shutterstock_53834089 (flight attendant life vest demo)

on the red tabs to inflate the life vest.

But the life vest until you are exiting the aircraft.


Question 6 of 9

7. mobile-devices

electronic devices for takeoff and landing.

Do not your mobile phone during the flight.

Question 7 of 9

8. shutterstock_119467552 (seatbelt sign)

the illuminated signs and instructions from the cabin crew.

Question 8 of 9

9. overhead-bin

your belongings and hand luggage in the overhead bins or under the seat in front of you.

Question 9 of 9


Did you like the video? Have questions? Please leave me a comment below!



5 thoughts on “Practice the Imperative with Flight Safety Video

  1. kamali

    sorry, I want to practice english for elementary, because my skill just a little… I don’t understand more about lesson here… please help me…

    1. Nicole @ Learn English Have Fun Post author

      Hello, Sorry right now I don’t have many elementary lessons. I hope to add more soon. You can also sign-up for my newsletter so you can get my monthly audio article – you can read the article and also hear the recording (I read the article). That is good practice. What is your mother tongue language?


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