Imperative
Imperative
The Imperative is the
same as the Command
form.
Steh auf!
Hören Sie gut zu!
Marsch!
Halt!
The imperative form is only used with the 2nd
person (singular and plural):
du, Sie, ihr
and with the 1st person plural:
Wir
When the imperative is used with the 2nd
person plural wir, it is like a suggestion
meaning “Let’s ~”
Gehen wir tanzen!
Let’s go dancing!
Trinken wir auf eurem Wohl!
Let’s drink to your health!
Hören wir gut zu.
Let’s listen closely.
How to form it
• When giving directions the verb comes first
• You drop the du/sie form and and the –st ending
• Geh st links
• Fahr st geraderaus
• Sometimes an ‘e’ is added to help with the
pronunciation
• Arbiete/ rede
Du- imperative and the stem
vowel change verbs
geben
du gibst
Gib uns unser Brot.
Du- imperative and the stem
vowel change verbs
Nehmen du nimmst
Nimm doch ein
Bißchen Käse.
Du- imperative and the stem
vowel change verbs
Essen du ißt
Iß doch etwas!
The ‘ihr-form’ imperative looks just
like the conjugated verb form, but the
pronoun is not mentioned.
Kinder, nehmt ein Stuck
Kuchen, esst schnell und geht
dann ins Bett!
The verb sein is irregular. Here are
the imperative forms:
Sei brav, mein kleines Kind!
Seien Sie geduldig, Herr Professor!
Seid ruhig, Kinder!
Come along, please!
Be good!
look!
Stand up!
speak!
give!
Take the book!
eat!
Buy it!
answer!
Let’s go now!
study!
1.
2.
3.
»Tragt Jeans!«
4. »Sprich lauter!«
a close friend
a young child
a group of children
a group of teenagers
a police officer
a police officer
»Geh weg!«
5. »Trinken wir einen Kaffee!«
a dog
a cat
a group of children
several friends
a stranger
a stranger
»Bringen Sie das Buch mit.«
6. »Kauft die CDs!«
a brother or sister
a roommate
a group of friends
several roommates
a professor
a store owner

Imperative - LOTE @ MHS