What is the best informal imperative form for saying Be Quiet! or Hush! e.g. to a small child or pet?
A friend of mine said ¡Callado! would work, not sure about that or ¡Cállate! (which I guess means "shut up").
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If you go for singular:
as you suggested. If you go for plural:
but I would not consider that informal. I'm unsure if culturally is considered less rude than in English to tell somebody to shut up. Also I think that many people use wrongly the imperative in Spanish (I mean, native Spanish Speakers), using the infinitive instead of imperative when referring to the plural (e.g.
vamos, comer, instead of
vamos, comed). I can confirm that your friend is wrong when suggesting
callado. That is the participle and not the imperative. Would only work if you say
Estate callado, por favor.
But the is estar what is in the imperative form.
To answer your question, for a kid I would use the
Estate callado, por favor form (you want to teach them manners, after all). For a pet, I would probably go with just