Negative imperative in Spanish (A2)

Spanish negative imperative

In Spanish we use the commands all the time, this is not because we are very bossy, but because we use the imperative not only to order someone to do something (or not do it), but also to give an instruction, strong advice, make an invitation or ask for people attention.

You have probably learned all this when you studied the imperative affirmative, but what you maybe don’t know if that the form of the imperative that we use for giving instructions depends on whether you are telling someone to do something or not to do it. But don´t panic, it is not that difficult.

Learn how to use the SPANISH NEGATIVE IMPERATIVE

How to form the negative imperative in Spanish

1. In orders to tell someone, not to something, we have to place no in front of the imperative, but using the  usted form in the imperative (which, by the way, it is the same that the present subjunctive), as a reference. Compare with examples below. 

¡Habla (tú)!                       ¡No hables (tú)!

¡Hable (usted)!                 ¡No hable (usted)!

¡Hablad (vosotros)!         ¡No habléis (vosotros)!

¡Hablen (ustedes)!          ¡No hablen (ustedes)!

2. This rule is going to apply to all the verbs event those very irregular, like for instant “ir”:

¡Ve (tú)!                             ¡No vayas (tú)!

¡Vaya (usted)!                  ¡No vaya (usted)!

¡Id (vosotros)!                  ¡No vayáis (vosotros)!

¡Vayan (ustedes)!            ¡No vayan (ustedes)!

Notice that the form of “ustedes” (it is only used in Spanish) has an accent.

3. When you are asking someone to do something, the object pronouns join on to the end of the verb:

Dime (tell me)!

Explícamelo  (explain it to me)!

but in the imperative negative the object pronouns go before the verb:

               No me digas (don’t tell me)!

               No me lo expliques (don’t explain it to me)!

Now you can practice everything you have learned with the quizzes below. Also, you can review the Imperative affirmative or learn more about the imperative and the pronouns. Remember you can contact your tutor for any question about the Spanish negative imperative. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

 

Imperative negative exercices

Now you can practice everything you have learned with the quizzes below. Also, you can review the Imperative affirmative or learn more about the imperative and the pronouns. Remember you can contact your tutor for any question about the Spanish negative imperative. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

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