Conjugate in El Imperativo with reflexive pronouns (affirmative commands)

When using affirmative commands with reflexive verbs, you always place the pronoun after the commanding verb. 

¡Levántate ahora mismo!
Get up right now! ("you" singular informal)

¡Ponte la camiseta!
Put your T-shirt on! ("you" singular informal)

¡Siéntese en el sofá!
Sit down on the sofa! ("you" singular formal)

¡Córtense el pelo en mi peluquería!
Have your hair cut at my hairdresser's! ("you" plural formal)

Here are some important points to take into account when using reflexive verbs in El Imperativo:

1. The affirmative command of the 1st person plural (nosotros/nosotras) loses the -s of the -mos ending when the verb is reflexive.

¡Levantémonos temprano!
Let's get up early!

¡Vayámonos a la playa!
Let's go to the beach!

2. The affirmative command of the 2nd person plural (vosotros/vosotras) loses the -d of the commanding verb when the verb is reflexive.

¡Duchaos con agua fría!
Have a shower with cold water! ("you" plural informal)

¡Lavaos el pelo!
Wash your hair! ("you" plural informal)

Exception:

Note that verb ir (to go) has two different forms for the affirmative command of the 2nd person plural (vosotros/vosotras):

  1. iros 
  2. idos

When conjugating verbs with reflexive pronouns in El Imperativo you will often need to add an accent [ ´ ] in accordance with the Spanish rules for written accents.

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Examples and resources

¡Levántate ahora mismo!
Get up right now! ("you" singular informal)


¡Vayámonos a la playa!
Let's go to the beach!


¡Duchaos con agua fría!
Have a shower with cold water! ("you" plural informal)


¡Ponte la camiseta!
Put your T-shirt on! ("you" singular informal)


¡Levantémonos temprano!
Let's get up early!


¡Siéntese en el sofá!
Sit down on the sofa! ("you" singular formal)


¡Lavaos el pelo!
Wash your hair! ("you" plural informal)


¡Córtense el pelo en mi peluquería!
Have your hair cut at my hairdresser's! ("you" plural formal)


Q&A Forum 3 questions, 3 answers

StuartB1Kwiziq community member

The que change on acercarse

I had to use process of elimination to get the right answer - I couldn't see anywhere it references positively that you sometimes have to change the verb ending to que to go from se acerca to acérquese?

Do you have something to help with that?

Thank you!

Asked 1 month ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Stuart

We do have a lesson on -car verbs in the present subjunctive (change the -c for -qu). 

Acérquese is one of these cases (acercar).

You are using a formal command, therefore the present subjunctive is needed. (plus a reflexive pronoun se, as it is used in its pronominal form)

Here is the lesson.

I hope it helps

Inma

The que change on acercarse

I had to use process of elimination to get the right answer - I couldn't see anywhere it references positively that you sometimes have to change the verb ending to que to go from se acerca to acérquese?

Do you have something to help with that?

Thank you!

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AndyB1Kwiziq community member

Is this about the affirmative command from ir or irse?

Asked 3 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Andy

There are two questions related to this lesson which are using the verb "irse" in the imperative. These two sentences are:

¡Vayámonos de aquí!

(Let's get out of here! 

This is conjugating irse in the nosotros form of the imperative (for nosotros it is the present subjunctive form), and has the pronoun nos attached.

¡Vayánse de aquí!

(Let's get out of here! 

This is conjugating irse in the ustedes form of the imperative (for ustedes it is the present subjunctive form), and has the pronoun se attached.

I hope this helps,

Saludos

Inma

Is this about the affirmative command from ir or irse?

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JohanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Is there a lesson for the rules on Spanish accents and if not why not?

My understanding was that the accent falls on the penultimate syllable unless another syllable is accented. Given that where does the accent fall on “peinar”?  Is it not split into pe in ar?  

Asked 4 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Johan

We have no lessons testing where to accentuate a word yet. However we have information about the different types of words depending on where they are stressed. Here is the information:

Palabras agudas

Palabras llanas

Palabras esdrújulas

Palabras sobresdrújulas

The word "peinar" has two syllables: pei-nar (vowels e and i are forming a diphthong making them stay in the same syllable). The stress is on the last syllable (on the -a) but it does not have a written accent because for that, it should end on a vowel or an -n or -s)

We will soon have more information in the system about diphthongs and hiatuses.

I hope this helps.

Inma

Is there a lesson for the rules on Spanish accents and if not why not?

My understanding was that the accent falls on the penultimate syllable unless another syllable is accented. Given that where does the accent fall on “peinar”?  Is it not split into pe in ar?  

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