Using El Presente to order, advise or make a request

In Spanish, we can use El Presente to offer advice or make an order or request, in a colloquial way.

Have a look a the following examples:

 

Niños, os ponéis los abrigos y nos vamos.
Boys, put on your coats and let's go.

 

Ahora vas al bar y buscas a tu padre, por favor.
Go to the bar now and look for your dad.

This is using the present tense to make order or request.

 

-Carmen está enfadada. -Pues vas y hablas con ella.
-Carmen is upset. -Well, go and talk to her.

This is using the present tense to offer advice.

This use of the present is colloquial. It is an alternative to using El Imperativo, for example:

Ve al bar y busca a tu padre!" (Imperative)

"Vas al bar y buscas a tu padre." (Present)

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Ahora vas al bar y buscas a tu padre, por favor.
Go to the bar now and look for your dad.


-Carmen está enfadada. -Pues vas y hablas con ella.
-Carmen is upset. -Well, go and talk to her.


Niños, os ponéis los abrigos y nos vamos.
Boys, put on your coats and let's go.


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