Do this! Don’t do that! Let’s do this!
We use a verb in the infinitive when we tell somebody to do something.
- Look in the classifieds!
- Network with people!
- Sit up straight.
We use don’t . . . when we tell somebody not to do something.
- Don’t be late!
- Don’t get fired!
- Don’t tell him that
You can say let’s . . . when you want people to do something with you.
Let’s = let us
- Let’s set up a job interview
- Let’s go to the job fair tomorrow.
Phrases like: I want you to . . . express your wishes for another in the present or future, I want you to get a new job.
- I want you to work for us.
- I want her to fill out an application.
I told you to . . . reminds people of a past verbal command.
- I told you to take an online course.
- I told you not to take an online course.
To express positive wishes and experiences for another we use have like a command.
- Have a great first day of work!
- Have fun celebrating your promotion.