Forming the imperative of tú/ vosotros/vosotras (negative commands)

In Spanish, negative commands forand vosotros/-as,  take the same form as their conjugation in El Presente de Subjuntivo.

Look and listen to these examples for  (negative commands):

Antonio, ¡no seas egoísta!
Antonio, don't be selfish!

¡No llegues tarde esta noche!
Don't be late tonight!

¡No hables tan rápido!
Don't talk so fast!

¡No vuelvas con esa chica!
Don't go back to that girl!

See some examples for Vosotros/-as (negative commands)

¡No comáis tanta pizza!
Don't eat so much pizza!

¡No seáis tan cabezotas!
Don't be so stubborn!

¡No hagáis mucho ruido!
Don't make lots of noise!

 

 

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¡No vuelvas con esa chica!
Don't go back to that girl!


¡No hagáis mucho ruido!
Don't make lots of noise!


¡No hables tan rápido!
Don't talk so fast!


Antonio, ¡no seas egoísta!
Antonio, don't be selfish!


¡No seáis tan cabezotas!
Don't be so stubborn!


¡No comáis tanta pizza!
Don't eat so much pizza!


¡No llegues tarde esta noche!
Don't be late tonight!


Q&A Forum 2 questions, 2 answers

No vuelvas con esa chica

This sentence sounds more like do not come back with that girl... could I say No vueulvas a esa chica?

Asked 3 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Emanuel

In this context, using volver "a" sounds odd. When we talk about going back to "someone" as in going back to a relationship with someone we say "volver con alguien".

To use volver a, we need a different context, for example to go back to a place:

Ella volvió a su país de origen.

(She returned to her native country.)

Or when the meaning is "to repeat an action":

Ella volvió a llamar al chico, depués de lo que él había hecho.

She called the boy again, after what he had done.

I hope this helps.

Que pases un buen domingo.

Inma

 

No vuelvas con esa chica

This sentence sounds more like do not come back with that girl... could I say No vueulvas a esa chica?

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Why are these minute details discussed in the lesson before testing?

I'm beginning to think the tests on this are designed to trip one up, rather than test what has been presented. The progress tests choose the most obscure of grammar points, ones that have no bearing on determining what has been accomplished.

Asked 5 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Tamara

Could you clarify a bit more what you are referring to?

Inma

Why are these minute details discussed in the lesson before testing?

I'm beginning to think the tests on this are designed to trip one up, rather than test what has been presented. The progress tests choose the most obscure of grammar points, ones that have no bearing on determining what has been accomplished.

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