FORMAL COMMANDS
• To give orders
• To give advise
FORMAL COMMANDS
Usted (you formal)
Ustedes (you all in Latin
America; you all formal in
Spain).
The usted and ustedes commands, (like the negative
tú commands), are formed by dropping the final -o of
the yo form of the present tense. For -ar verbs, add -e
or -en.
Hablo
Hablar
Habl
Habl
e
en
Hable
Hablen
For -er and -ir verbs, add -a or an.
Escribo
Escribir
Escrib
Escrib
a
an
Escriba
Escriban
Verbs with IRREGULAR PRESENT TENSE
“YO” FORMS will have irregular command
forms.
-STEM CHANGES will occur as they do in the
1st person present form of the verb
-VERBS ENDING IN –CAR, -GAR & -ZAR
will have special spelling changes.
-There are some additional IRREGULAR
VERBS in formal commands.
Atención
 Just as you learned in familiar
commands, pronouns (direct and
indirect object as well as reflexive)
will proceed negative commands and
attach to the end of affirmative
commands.
*Remember to add an accent mark to an affirmative
command if you attach a pronoun in order to preserve the
original stress (on the second to last syllable of the
command without the pronoun)
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