Imperative Mood

Spanish imperative
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It’s imperative that you understand the imperative mood if you want to

  • give orders
  • make requests
  • express desires
  • provide recommendations
  • offer advice
  • prohibit actions

Affirmative commands

When telling someone to do something, you’re giving an affirmative command.

Por ejemplo…

¡Paren!   Stop!
Espera a tu hermano.   Wait for your brother.
Hablemos de otra cosa. Let’s talk about something else.

Negative commands

Logically enough, telling someone not to do something is a negative command.

Por ejemplo…

No escriba en su libro. Don’t write in your book.
¡No gritéis! Don’t shout!

Conjugations and word order

Spanish imperative conjugations and word order vary depending on whether the command is affirmative or negative. See detailed lessons:

Spanish quizzes Imperative Quiz

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