This & That

Copy and Paste This

Recently I received an email forward that began:

Read only if you have time for God.

Early on in elementary school I remember learning about the types of sentences.

  • Declarative – “I love chocolate.” Used to make a simple statement. Most sentences are declarative.
  • Interrogative – “Do you love chocolate?” Used to ask a question.
  • Exclamatory – “I need chocolate!” Used for emphasis and emotion. Another example: “Top of the muffin to you!” (from Seinfeld).
  • Imperative – “Please buy me some chocolate.” Used for commands, with the pronoun you always implied.
  • Conditional – “If I had a billion dollars, I would buy a castle made of chocolate.” Used to express what one would do if a condition were met.

(Thanks to learningnerd.wordpress.com for the above.)

Scanning through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, I see all sorts of posts, a mix of the above types of sentences. But it’s the combination imperative/conditional posts that bother me.

  • If you love Jesus, then copy and paste this …
  • Unless you’re ashamed of Jesus, then copy and paste this …
  • If you love your children, then copy and paste this …
  • If you’re a real Christian, then copy and paste this …
  • If you’re grateful for your freedom, then copy and paste this …
  • Unless you’re for the inhumane abuse of animals, then copy and paste this …

I share a lot of posts and links on Twitter/Facebook because I want to, not because somebody bullies me into it. If you don’t want to be perceived as a bully, then be careful using the imperative/conditionals. (Oops, that was just one.)

Back to the email I received. I promptly slapped the DEL key with conviction, because while I had time for God, I stopped giving my milk money to bullies a long time ago. (Milk money? I never had milk money. I grew up in the ‘80s.)

How about you? How do you feel about imperative/conditional posts? Am I simply overreacting?

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