This edition of the Standard Specifications also makes use of the imperative mood. The imperative mood is used when the party issuing an instruction and the party receiving it are already understood. In these Standard Specifications, the Department is stating its
requirements or directions for Work to the Contractor; such statements have the same force as if they contained the word “shall.” In an imperative sentence such as, “Pour the concrete,” the Department is indicating that it requires the Contractor to pour the concrete. Before an Award of a Contract, imperative statements are directed to the Bidder. After a Contract has been awarded, imperatives are directed to the Contractor.