Forming the Imperative Mood’s “Let’s” Command in Spanish

The let’s command is a less assertive form of the imperative mood in Spanish. You use the nosotros form in Spanish to suggest an activity to your friends or to a group of people (including yourself). You disguise a command as a suggestion, as in “Let’s go to the movies.”

When forming these commands, take the -o off of the present tense yo form of the verb and add -emos for -ar verbs or -amos for -er and -ir verbs. You simply, put no in front of the verb to make a negative let’s command. Check out the examples in the following table.

Let’s Commands with Regular Verbs
Infinitive (Ending) Positive Command Translation Negative Command Translation
hablar (-ar) Hablemos. Let’s talk. No hablemos. Let’s not talk.
comer (-er) Comamos. Let’s eat. No comamos. Let’s not eat.
escribir (-ir) Escribamos. Let’s write. No escribamos. Let’s not write.

The three verbs in the following table are irregular in the vosotros command form, both in their positive and the negative formations. Note that -ir is different in its positive and negative forms.

Let’s Commands with Irregular Verbs
Infinitive (Ending) Positive Command Translation Negative Command Translation
Ir Vamos. Let’s go. No vayamos. Let’s not go.
Saber Sepamos. Let’s know. No sepamos. Let’s not know.
Ser Seamos. Let’s be. No seamos. Let’s not be.

The imperative is called a mood, rather than a tense, because it deals with wants and desires, and the time is always now.