Intermediate Spanish: Forming Commands of Regular Verbs

By Gail Stein

Part of Intermediate Spanish For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Forming commands is an important part of learning Spanish. Can you guess how many times you’ve had to give people directions to your home or to a restaurant? In all these situations, you’ve had to use the imperative, which is a fancy way of saying that you’ve given commands. Just like in English, the imperative isn’t a tense in Spanish because it doesn’t show time. It’s called a mood because it indicates the manner in which the action occurs.

Remember that the subject of a command is understood to be you.

Person -ar Verbs -er Verbs -ir Verbs
mirar (to look [at], watch) correr (to run) partir (to leave)
Ud. Mire. (Look.) Corra. (Run.) Parta. (Leave.)
No mire. (Don’t look.) No corra. (Don’t run.) No parta. (Don’t leave.)
Uds. Miren. (Look.) Corran. (Run.) Partan. (Leave.)
No miren. (Don’t look.) No corran. (Don’t run.) No partan. (Don’t leave.)
Mira. (Look.) Corre. (Run.) Parte. (Leave.)
No mires. (Don’t look.) No corras. (Don’t run.) No partas. (Don’t leave.)
vosotros Mirad. (Look.) Corred. (Run.) Partid. (Leave.)
No miréis. (Don’t look.) No corráis. (Don’t run.) No partáis. (Don’t leave.)