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This has nothing specifically to do with the imperative. Any inflected form ending in an unstressed -e is liable to lose the final e, whether it's an imperative ("schreibe!"), a 1st person form ("gehe"), a dative ("Lande"), or a plural ("Schuhe"). Not all of these simplifications are equally far along, but all are widespread. Once a trend like this has ...
There are several ways to convey a command or request in German. The imperative proper is derived from the respective 2nd person present indicative form, which may differ from the infinitive stem (see sprechen below). It has no suffix for a singular addressee and a +t for plural addressees. When the +st and +t suffixes require an e in front it should also ...
The way I learned the imperative was that you take the conjugation of the verb for the appropriate case, and then drop the respective ending (eg, -st for the du form). By this formulation, we have sagen -> sagst -> sag.
"sag" is (in my opinion) more colloquial usage, and it is actually listed at Wiktionary or Duden
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