Forming the imperative of tú for all irregular verbs (irregular affirmative commands)

In Spanish there is a short list of irregular verbs in El Imperativo for the form. These are known as short imperatives

These are the irregular verbs for the  form in El Imperativo:

  • Tener (to have)Ten
  • Venir (to come)Ven
  • Salir (to go out)Sal
  • Poner (to put)Pon
  • Decir (to say)Di
  • Hacer (to do)Haz
  • Ir (to go)Ve
  • Ser (to be) =  Sé

Have a look and listen to some examples:

¡Ten cuidado!
Be careful! [lit: have care]

Nuria ¡ven aquí!
Nuria, come here!

¡Sal ahora mismo de aquí!
Get out of here right now!

Carlos ¡Pon los libros en su sitio!
Carlos, put the books away!

¡Di algo por favor!
Say something please!

¡Haz tus deberes!
Do your homework!

María! Ve al mercado!
María, go to the market!

¡ bueno!
Be good!

 See also Forming the imperative of tú for most verbs (affirmative commands) and Forming the imperative of vosotros for all verbs (affirmative commands)

 

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Examples and resources

¡Haz los deberes!
Do your homework! ("you" singular informal = "tú")


¡Ten el dinero preparado! 
Have your money ready! ("you" singular informal = "tú")


¡Haz tus deberes!
Do your homework!


¡Pon la mesa! 
Lay the table! ("you" singular informal = "tú")


María! Ve al mercado!
María, go to the market!


¡ buena!
Be good! ("you" singular informal)


Nuria ¡ven aquí!
Nuria, come here!


¡Sal conmigo! 
Go out with me! ("you" singular informal = "tú")


¡Ten cuidado!
Be careful! [lit: have care]


¡Ve a la panadería! (Tú.)
Go to the bakery! (You sing. informal.)


¡Sal ahora mismo de aquí!
Get out of here right now!


¡Ven a casa! 
Come home! ("you" singular informal = "tú")


¡ bueno!
Be good!


Carlos ¡Pon los libros en su sitio!
Carlos, put the books away!


¡Di la verdad!
Tell the truth! ("you" singular informal = "tú")


¡Di algo por favor!
Say something please!


Q&A Forum 2 questions, 3 answers

Hola,

Could you explain 'dime' for me please. Would this be classed as an Imperative? I'm thinking especially of sentences like, 'Dime algo'

Gracias

Clara

Asked 5 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hola Clara

Yes, "Dime" if formed by "Di" (tell/say) and "me" (to me), so it is the imperative of verb Decir, which is irregular (we have a group of verb that have an irregular short form in their imperative for tú). Decir -> di

When we add a pronoun to an imperative we need to put it just behind the verb and stuck to it forming one word. "Dime algo" means "tell me something".

Here are other examples with short irregular imperatives plus a pronoun:

Ponlo aquí -> [Pon - lo - aquí] -> Put it here.

Dile gracias -> [Di - le - gracias] -> Tell him/her thank you.

Vente conmigo -> [Ven - te - conmigo] -> Come (yourself) with me

Hope this helps

Saludos :))

Inma

¡Una explicación perfecta!

Gracias Inma

Un saludo

Clara.

Hola,

Could you explain 'dime' for me please. Would this be classed as an Imperative? I'm thinking especially of sentences like, 'Dime algo'

Gracias

Clara

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Why is the verb 'Ver' most often left out of these type of lists for forming the imperative of tú for irregular verbs?

As in '¡Ve el desorden!', or 'see the mess'.
Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Michael

Ver is not an irregular verb in the imperative for tú. The verbs you see inside that lesson are the irregular ones. 

We say that a verb is regular in the imperative form for tú when it coincides with the conjugation of the 3rd person singular (he/she) in the present.

Ella ve el desorden = She sees the mess (present)

¡Ve el desorden! = See the mess! (imperative for tú)

The two forms coincide, so it is regular.

I hope this helped.

Have a look at this other lesson for more clarification.

Forming the imperative of tú for most verbs (affirmative commands)

Saludos

Inma

Why is the verb 'Ver' most often left out of these type of lists for forming the imperative of tú for irregular verbs?

As in '¡Ve el desorden!', or 'see the mess'.

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