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Questions about the use of the Imperative verb tense. Preguntas acerca del uso del imperativo.

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"Iros" instead of "idos" (imperative of verb "ir")

I have heard many times the use of the infinitive instead of the imperative in Spanish with the verb "ir". For example: Si me queréis, *irse (Instead of: Si me queréis, váyanse) [Famous quote of ...
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Why is Argentinian pronunciation different from other countries?

I was watching some Argentinian telenovelas to get used to Spanish language and noticed that there's a different pattern regarding the pronunciation of the imperative command than what Michel Thomas ...
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How would you express giving a command to yourself in Spanish?

As there is no singular first person imperative form for Spanish verbs (as far as I know), I was wondering whether there is an equivalent to the, possibly idiomatic, English expression of a person ...
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Why is "vamos" used for command but not the imperative "vayamos"? [duplicate]

I don't understand why people use vamos (present) to say "let's go", but not "vayamos" (imperative/subj. present). Is there a special reason to use "vamos" (vámonos) instead of "vayamos" (vayámonos) ...
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¿Por qué no se puede usar el imperativo en negativo?

Hoy en el trabajo alguien ha puesto en el chat interno: No desplegad nada hasta nuevo aviso. Automáticamente pensé que la frase estaba mal redactada, tal vez por un exceso de corrección, y que ...
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¿Cuál sería el término correcto para referirse a uno/a mismo/a utilizando el verbo "decir"?

Me gustaría saber qué término utilizar de manera correcta. En algunos blogs se debate entre "di a ti mismo/a" y "dite a ti mismo/a" pero no sé cuál sería más correcto, ni si existe alguna manera de ...
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imperative or subjunctive

In my Spanish class I have learnt that only the second person (s & pl) has distinct forms for the imperative, but the forms for all other persons are the same as for the subjunctive. ...
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Imperativo plural en dialectos con voseo

Aprendiendo del voseo me acabo de acordar de una situación bastante extraña que ocurrió mientras viajaba por Bolivia: Andábamos por el medio de la nada en una zona súper rural de Bolivia con una ...
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Imperative with gustar

How would you use the imperative for the verb "gustar"? For example, commanding someone to like the food. Like the food. Would that be something like Gústete la comida. In that sentence, ...
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"Dale un beso a los niños" - what does "le" stand for?

In this text two people (married couple) are talking to another on the phone. One says to the other: Dale un beso a los niños. "Dale" seems to be imperative + dative. But who does "le" refer to? ...
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Exactly what type of a word is "véase"?

I see the words véase and véanse somewhat frequently. I understand they are used like this: See page 5 Véase página 5 And See pages 5 and 6 Véanse páginas 5 y 6 I'm ...
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What were the uses of the now obsolete/rare second person affirmative imperative of "haber" (hé)?

My question in English: What were the uses of the now obsolete/rare second person affirmative imperative of "haber" (hé)? I recently came upon the word "hé" in a book (an older edition of Barron's ...
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If someone needs to learn how to say "Don't touch" using the formal command, which should be used: "No se toca", or "No se toque"?

I recently came across the phrase "No se toca" over at Reverso. Had I not seen so many instances of this (both at Reverso and in a regular Google search), I would have thought that it was some sort ...
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Why aren't pronouns placed the same as affirmative imperative in negative imperative?

Pronouns are attached to the end of the conjugated verb in affirmative imperative: Vete (you leave) Vayámonos (Let's leave) But in negative imperative: No os vayais (you don't leave) No ...
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How can I translate "Leave to cool" for a recipe? Should it be "Deje " or "Deja que se enfríe"?

I am trying to write a cooking recipe as homework (should point out I have a tutor who is trying to help me learn Spanish purely for my own development so not a school kid trying to cheat his teacher :...
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Subject - Verb Agreement: Repitiendo..., y determinando, ilustra

Repitiendo este proceso muchas veces, y determinando la proporción de éxitos para cada muestra, ilustra la idea de la variabilidad de muestra a muestra en la proporción muestral. Should ilustra or ...
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Imperative form - 'a matar'. How to negate it? How to build on reflexives?

I know you can say in the imperative way the following: a matar a matarlo Questions: Can you use the negative form? Example: "A no matar"? How do you use apply this construction to reflexive verbs? ...
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¿En qué lugares se usa "ves" como imperativo de "ir"?

Por experiencia propia sé que en algunos sitios de España es común decir "ves" en lugar de "ve" como imperativo del verbo ir. Los casos con los que me he encontrado son: Cataluña. Ignoro el motivo, ...
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Imperative using infinitive verb

I was wondering if it is possible to ask someone to do something by simply using infinitive form of verb with direct object/indirect object pronoun attached and without using any other words? Or you ...
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¿Por qué decimos "No 'se' lo digas a Lola" y no "No lo digas a Lola"?

No entiendo el siguiente imperativo: No se lo digas a Lola. ¿Por qué hay 'se' antes de digas? ¿No podria ser así? No lo digas a Lola
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imperative for Be Quiet / Hush

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 ...
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"Hable con ella"

I'm referring to Almodóvar's picture. And I've been wondering: 2nd person imperative of the verb hablar is habla. hable is the 3rd person imperative form. Why is he using a 3rd person here. As if ...
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Understanding the indirect imperative use-case "que se vayan"

Recently while watching an episode of Narcos, I came across a scene where Escobar yells out a bunch of instructions to his minions and then asks them to leave. When he finds them a tad hesitant to ...
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Placement of Subject with Imperatives

When I'm using the imperative mood, does the subject come before of after the verb? I ask because in "Viva Las Vegas" the subject comes after- if this is indeed the common form of imperatives, why is ...
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¿Es posible decir la frase "Déjame libre que te recompensaré"?

En portugués brasileño, es posible decir una frase como "Me liberta que eu te recompenso", con el significado de "si me dejas libre, te recompensaré". ¿La frase equivalente en español "déjame libre ...
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Does the exclamation mark denote anger when used with a command?

I want to make it clear that I intend "Pasa la aspiradora en el dormitorio"" to mean "You, vacuum the bedroom" instead of "He vacuums the bedroom". Adding ¡! around the sentence would certainly turn ...
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Conjugation of dar with the pronoun vos

I am Nicaraguan so I have been used to the voseo for a long time now. I know how to conjugate with it, but I have a question about a certain verb, dar. Usually when you conjugate in the present tense ...
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Using Usted/Tu when talking with chatbots

I am developing an app for the Google Assistant and making Spanish translations. My question is: How should chatbots (the Google Assistant) refer to the user, and How should users refer to the ...
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Sé creativo! Why is "estar" not used for this imperative?

I got the following dialogue: -- "Yo no se que hacer." -- "¡Sé creativo y conseguirás lo que quieres!" Why do I use "sé" in this case? What is the rule to apply? To me, the usage of "ser"+...
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Subjunctive future or imperative when conjugating a verb denoting a "general act"

"General act" isn't a very descriptive phrase here, but let me show what I mean. When you address an old person, you use usted instead of tú. The verb of interest is in bold letters. In ...
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"Si no sabes de dónde soy, no me ronquen"

In Bad Bunny's P FKN R, he often repeats the line "Si no sabes de dónde soy, no me ronquen" I know that the verb "roncar" means "to snore" but in Puerto Rican slang can ...
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What does "que tiene" mean?

que tiene que te vea desnuda, soy tu madre. This is a caption of a TikTok video that popped up on my feed complaining about the fact that some parents ask their children to be naked in front of them, ...
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What is the difference between "no pares" and "no te pares"

I just came across no te pares which according to google translate means don't stop. This is the exact meaning of the negative imperative tú form no pares. What is the difference between them and ...
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infinitive imperative vs tú imperative

In English the imperative is (outside of "let's") inseparable (to me) from commanding the person you are addressing (second person) to do something: "Stop walking!" is identical to ...
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Examples of imperative besides the "tú" form?

This is my first question on Spanish SE! I have a question on the imperative; I assume that one uses the "tú" form of the imperative almost all the time, rather than the other pronouns. When ...
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Syntax of public notices containing a command

There has recently been some controversy and amusement in the UK about a notice which appeared at a beauty spot asking people not to drop litter. Apparently after the location was used in a Bollywood ...
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Number agreement with imperative voice and collective noun

In asking my cuñado that he "say hello to the family", I said: Salúdales a la familia. I used the plural 3rd-person -les with a singular but collective noun (familia), because I was referring to ...
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Affirmative usted(es) and tú commands

For affirmative tú commands, if you say “cut it”, then “it”, “lo”, would have to go on the end of “cut”, “corta”, which would then look like, “córtalo”. Is this the same for affirmative usted(es) ...
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En qué modo verbal está el verbo "comer" en la frase "que él coma"

Según entiendo, el verbo "comer" tiene modo imperativo sólo para los pronombres nosotros, tú/usted y vosotros/ustedes. Entonces, en qué tiempo verbal está el verbo comer en la frase "que él coma"? ...
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Imperative in secondary verbs (""Él no quiere que ellos cierren la puerta.") [duplicate]

"Él no quiere que ellos cierren la puerta." Why is the verb "to close" imperative here? Why wouldn't you just say "Él no quiere que ellos cierran la puerta."? You might ...
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How do you conjugate the first-person imperative? [duplicate]

In English, you can command yourself for encouragement. For example, when you're lifting weights in the gym, you can yell at yourself, "Focus! Come on! Do it!". However, in Spanish, the first-person ...
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How do I say this Tu form command/ Imperative tense?

How do I say "Water the flowers" as an informal singular positive command (tu form)? Google Translate just gives me the noun for water ("agua las flores). I plan to google "to water" next and then ...
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