Imperative mood in Spanish

The imperative mood (imperativo) is used to give commands or orders, instructions and give advice.

Spanish lessons. Imperative mood in Spanish.
  • Giving orders: “Roberto, pon la mesa, por favor”.
  • Giving instructions: “Primero introduzca la moneda, después marque el número”.
  • Offering: “Coge más tarta”.
  • Giving advise: “Si bebes, no conduzcas”.

Forms of the imperative mood

Regular verbs

HABLARCORRERVIVIR
(tú)HablaCorreVive
(vosotros)HabladCorredVivid
(usted)HableCorraViva
(ustedes)HablenCorranVivan

Irregular verbs

A) Verbs with la same irregularity that the Present of Indicative:

CERRARCONTARREPETIRCONDUCIRCONSTRUIRCONSEGUIR
(tú)CierraCuentaRepiteConduceConstruyeConsigue
(vosotros)CerradContadRepetidConduzcaConstruyaConsiga
(usted)CierreCuenteRepitaConducidConstruidConseguid
(ustedes)CierrenCuentenRepitanConduzcanConstruyanConsigan

B) Totally irregular verbs:

DECIR HACER IRSEPONER SALIRSERTENER VENIROÍRSABER
(tú)DiHazVetePonSalTenVenOyeSabe
(vosotros) DecidHacedIdosPonedSalidSedTenedVenidOídSabed
(usted)DigaHagaVáyasePongaSalgaSeaTengaVengaOigaSepa
(ustedes) Digan HaganVáyanse Pongan Salgan Sean Tengan Vengan Oigan Sepan

In this video, the great chef nando and our head of studies, Jenny, are going to teach you more about the imperative mood.

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