Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent[human]] COMMAND NP2[patient[plural]
NOTE: PATIENT may be animate or inanimate. [+human] can be an organization made of human entities (like sentence 3). NP2 CANNOT be a count noun like 'dog' (cannot be split up into smaller components) but must be a mass noun like 'company' or 'budget' (can be split up into smaller components) or a plural noun like 'dogs'.
The general commanded a huge army.
The President commands the military forces.
The CFO commands a substantial budget.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 5
Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent[human]] COMMAND NP2[patient[human]]
NOTE: may take passive voice. Agent might not be explicit (see example 3). In rare cases, the agent can be [-animate] as in example 4, but in these cases the agent is seen to be personified (or rather 'made animate').
He commanded John to clean up his room.
Men are commanded by Jesus Christ to repent and be baptized.
Can you be commanded to worship?
The bumpersticker above the door commanded: 'Read The Koran.'
Sally commanded the dog to roll over.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[theme[concrete]] COMMAND NP2[attribute[abstract]]
NOTE: no direct command is occurring here.
Dwarfs commanded respect in Ancient Egypt.
This speaker commands a high fee.
The author commands a fair hearing from readers.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3
The villa commands the town.
This impressive white chateau commands and dominates the landscape.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4