<you be> a good boy for grandma

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Naomi**

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Mandarin
My love, "you be" a good boy for grandma. Okay? Is there any grammatical mistake with "you be"?
 
  • Naomi**

    Member
    Mandarin
    Please give us the source of the quote, Naomi, and some context.
    Sure. The conversation is via phone call. The mother is working abroad.
    Son: My teacher said that I should take classes and then enter the city contest.
    Mom: My love, as long as you work hard, I'll support you, with whatever you want. 'Kay? My love, you be a good boy for grandma. Okay?
     

    reno33

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    I don't know what the grammar is called, but this is a very common construction in English. It's kind of like
    a polite command or request. The tense is probably the imperative (order)....Be.(something) !

    Be good to your parents.
    Be strong in the face of adversary.
    Be cautious who you marry.
    Be kind to children.
    Be candid to the priest at the confessional
    Be respectful to a policeman and especially a policewoman.
    Etc Etc
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Yes, it's grammatically an imperative.

    Normally, the 'you' is understood and isn't specifically stated, but in that type of imperative which is addressed to a child it's not uncommon. :)
     
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