Los mandatos
formales
Usted y Ustedes commands
When you tell others who are not friends or
family what to do,
To give these commands,
use the present-tense yo form as the
stem
• Add –e or –en (-ar verbs)
• Add –a or –an (-er/-ir verbs)
Infinitive
yo
cortar
corto
probar
pruebo
perder
pierdo
servir
sirvo
Usted/Ustedes
corte/corten
pruebe/prueben
pierda/pierdan
sirva/sirvan
Affirmative and negative Ud. and Uds.
commands have the same spelling changes
and irregular forms as negative tú
commands
Neg. tú command
Ud. command
Uds. command
No busques
(no)busque
No hagas
(no) haga
No des
(no) den
No vayas
(no) dé
(no) vaya
No seas
(no) sea
(no) sean
(no)busquen
(no) hagan
(no) vayan
¡No me diga! Use the same
rules for tú commands…
-If you use a direct object pronoun with the
affirmative command,
attach the pronoun to the command
Rafael y Eva, ¡pónganla en el escritorio! (la tarea)
-If you use a direct object pronoun with the
negative command,
put the pronoun before the command
Sr. George, ¡no lo ponga en el escritorio! (el dinero)
-When a pronoun is added to a command of
two or more syllables,
a written accent is needed over stressed
vowel María y Felipe, ayúdenme
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Los mandatos formales Usted y Ustedes commands