Spanish negative imperative (A2)

Spanish negative imperative

Remember that the imperative is a form of the verb used when giving orders and instructions, for example, sit down!, don’t go! or Let’s start.

In Spanish, the form of the imperative that you use for giving instructions depends on whether you are telling someone to do something or not to do it.

1. In orders to tell someone, not to something, we have to place no in front of the Spanish imperative form of (tú, usted, vosotros or ustedes). To do this, we will use not the affirmative form but the usted form in the imperative (which, by the way, it is the same that the present subjunctive):

¡Habla (tú)!                       ¡No hables (tú)!

¡Hable (usted)!                 ¡No hable (usted)!

¡Hablad (vosotros)!         ¡No habléis (vosotros)!

¡Hablen (ustedes)!          ¡No hablen (ustedes)!

2. This rule is going to apply to all the verbs event those very irregular, like for instant “ir”:

¡Ve (tú)!                             ¡No vayas (tú)!

¡Vaya (usted)!                  ¡No vaya (usted)!

¡Id (vosotros)!                  ¡No vayáis (vosotros)!

¡Vayan (ustedes)!            ¡No vayan (ustedes)!

3. When you are saying someone to do something, the object pronouns join on to the end of the verb:

Dime (tell me)!

Explícamelo  (explain it to me)!

4. In the imperative negative the object pronouns go before the verb:

               No me digas (don’t tell me)!

               No me lo expliques (don’t explain it to me)!

Now you can practice everything you have learned with our quizzes. Also, you can review the Imperative affirmative or learn more about the imperative and the pronouns,

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