'Spot' - why not 'You can/will spot?'

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Baltic Sea

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Hello all users!

Spot pincher bugs, or earwigs, right away by their prominent forcep-like pincers at the end of their abdomens.
This term is from Why Do I Have So Many Pincher Bugs in My House? by Chyrene Pendleton.
Under "Why Do I Have So Many Pincher Bugs in My House?", in line 1 is this text:
Spot pincher bugs, or earwigs, right away by their prominent forcep-like pincers at the end of their abdomens.

Assuming that 'spot' is a verb, I think that 'spot' should be tranformed into 'you can/will spot'. It is not a command. No one should stand to attention and watch out for earwigs (pincher bugs). It is a statement, I think.
What do you think? Thank you. The source: Why Do I Have So Many Pincher Bugs in My House? by Chyrene Pendleton.
http://www.ehow.com/info_8402711_do-many-pincher-bugs-house.html
 
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    I don't know if you can say with complete confidence that it is not a command. You could "transform" your phrase as you've stated, but this use is the imperative form is not at all uncommon.
     
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