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15 May 2018
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With a subject "vosotros" why would the imperative ever be "a lavarse el pelo"?
This question relates to:Spanish lesson "Using preposition a + infinitive to express a command"
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As Alan said on his first comment, using the specific pronoun "os" that refers to "vosotros" is also correct, but, as explained in the lesson, this structure "a + infinitive" is used in a more general way. When the verb is a pronominal one, e.g lavarse, and still using this structure in a general way, directed to people in general, you keep the general reflexive pronoun (se).
Here are other similar examples:
¡A ducharse! Have a shower!
¡A peinarse! Comb your hair!
¡A concentrarse! Concentrate!
I hope this clarifies your doubt.
Thanks for your comments.
With formal pronouns usted or ustedes we don't use this structure, we would use the subjunctive form instead.
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