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According to this, Subjunctive can be used to express "an exhortation or a command".

When should Hortatory Subjunctive be used and when Imperative is favoured? What is the difference in meaning?

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    I tend to think of subjunctive as more polite or gentle, while imperative is direct and a bit rude—but on the other hand, Domine, dona eis requiem. Good question.
    – Draconis
    Jul 31 '17 at 22:54
  • Take a look at this older question: The difference between coninuctivus and imperativus when expressing commands. If you think it answers your question, we can turn this into a duplicate (permanent link) to make the other question easier to find. If it doesn't, can you explain what's missing? It's your call.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Aug 1 '17 at 11:35
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    @JoonasIlmavirta My question should be turned into a duplicate. Joel's answer on the other question helps a bit but the difference seems not so easy to undestand especially considering Draconis's comment.
    – user1846
    Aug 1 '17 at 13:37
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    I turned it into a duplicate. If a specific question about the difference in tone (or something else) arises, you can always ask a new, more specific question. It may also depend on era and other factors, but I don't know how.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Aug 1 '17 at 13:51