Using the imperative with reflexive pronouns: affirmative commands (El Imperativo)

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

 

¡Ponte los zapatos nuevos!Put your new shoes on! (you = tú)

¡Ponte la playera!Put your T-shirt on! (you = tú)

¡Levántate ahora mismo!Get up right now! (you = tú)

¡Váyanse de aquí!Get out of here! (you = ustedes)

¡Lávense el pelo!Wash your hair! (you = ustedes)

¡Siéntese en el sofá!Sit down on the sofa! (you = usted)

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

Here is an important point to take into account when using reflexive verbs in El Imperativo:

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

¡Levantémonos temprano!Let's get up early!

¡Relajémonos en la playa!Let's relax at the beach!

 

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¡Relajémonos en la playa!Let's relax at the beach!
¡Levántate ahora mismo!Get up right now! (you = tú)
¡Ponte la playera!Put your T-shirt on! (you = tú)
¡Lávense el pelo!Wash your hair! (you = ustedes)
¡Córtense el pelo en mi peluquería!Have your hair cut at my hairdresser's! (you = ustedes)
¡Váyanse de aquí!Get out of here! (you = ustedes)
¡Ponte los zapatos nuevos!Put your new shoes on! (you = tú)
¡Levantémonos temprano!Let's get up early!
¡Siéntese en el sofá!Sit down on the sofa! (you = usted)
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