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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

How to Teach Affirmative Commands in Spanish Class- Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Apr 16

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Formal Command

As in English, in Spanish we use commands to give someone advice or to tell people what you would like them to do. Formal affirmative commands (usted & ustedes) are used when addressing people in a formal manner or to be polite. When you do not know well a person or when you are talking to people older than you, you should use a formal command. By using the formal command, you express respect for that person. Moreover, Hispanic people use commands while talking to/with doctors, supervisor, boss, priest, professors, etc. Last but not least, use these commands to address any group of people.

1) Always conjugate the verb in first person singular (yo)

2) For -AR Verbs, drop the -O,

3) Add -E (for singular) / -EN (for plural)

 

AMAR→ (yo) AMO→ AME(N)  (mandato)

 

4) For -ER / -IR Verbs, drop the -O,

5) Add -A (for singular) / -AN (for plural)

 

COMER→ (yo) COMO→ COMA(N)  (mandato)

ABRIR→ (yo) ABRO→ ABRA(N) (mandato)

 

It is very important that your students conjugate the verbs in first person singular (yo) because some irregular and stem-changing verbs change orthographically.

 Verbs ending in –CAR (Formal Commands)

sacar

 

 SACO → drop [-CO] → add [-QUE(N)]

             saque(n)


Verbs ending in –ZAR (Formal Commands)

comenzar

 

 COMIENZO → drop [-ZO] → add [-CE(N)]

              comience(n)

 

Verbs ending in – GAR (Formal Commands)

pagar

 

 PAGO → drop [-GO] → add [-GUE(N)]

             pague(n)


Informal commands

Informal affirmative commands () are used among friends, coworkers, relatives, or when addressing a child. Singular informal affirmative commands normally use the present tense, third person form of the verb:

COMER → (él/ella/usted) COME→ (tú) COME (mandato)

ABRIR → (él/ella/usted) ABRE→ (tú) ABRE (mandato)

CANTA à (él/ella/usted) CANTA → (tú) CANTA (mandato)

 

Verbs that require stem-change in present tense usually have the same change in the formal (singular/plural) and informal commands:

Stem Change: -E → IE

 cerrar

      Formal Command

       cierro → cierre

Informal Command

     cierra → cierra


Stem Change: O/-U → UE

contar

      Formal Command

    cuento → cuente(n)  

Informal Command

     cuenta → cuenta


Stem Change: -E → -I

conseguir

 

      Formal Command

      Consigo → consiga(n)

Informal Command

   Consigue → consigue

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