Imperative Forms in Spanish: Pronoun Placement

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After learning how to conjugate the regular and irregular verbs in imperativo in Spanish, and learning all about the negative forms, it’s time to face our fears and deal with the pronouns. Once you’ve read and practised with this post, you’ll be prepared to use the pronouns like a pro. Are you ready?

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Imperative Forms in Spanish: Regular Verbs (Conjugation)
Imperative Forms in Spanish: Irregular Verbs (Conjugation)

Pronoun placement: reflexive verbs with imperative forms

Now that you know how to conjugate the regular and irregular verbs in imperative, afirmativo and negativo, it’s the moment of taking it to the next level. What happens with reflexive verbs in imperative? And with the direct and indirect object pronouns? Read the following examples:

                     Levántate y haz la cama. Son las 10 de la mañana.

                     Cómprala en el supermercado y dásela a Martina. 

                                                  Dime la verdad. 

Reflexive pronouns are used before the conjugated verb: me levanto, te duchas, se maquilla, etc., but what about these verbs in imperative? There are two rules:

Imperativo afirmativo: verb + reflexive pronoun (one word)


Imperativo negativo: no + reflexive pronoun + verb (different words)

                                         no           te          levantes

Do you remember the reflexive pronouns in Spanish?

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Levantados, levantaos or levantaros? Which is the correct option? Possibly, if you have traveled a lot through Spain (the mainland and Baleares) or if you watch movies and shows in Spanish from Spain, you have heard ¡Callaros! However, it’s NOT correct. 

In imperativo afirmativo the second person in plural (nosotros, nosotras) loses the final -d before the pronoun os.

             levantad + os > levantaos                     vestid + os > vestíos


Attention! There’s an exception to this rule: IR.

Id + os = idos or, only in this case, iros

Pronoun placement: direct and indirect objects with imperative forms

Direct and indirect pronouns work in the same way. They’re placed right after the imperativo afirmativo and before the imperativo negativo:


                                              no me la compres

The correct order of the pronouns is always 1. indirect object and 2. direct object:

                verb + indirect object pronoun + direct object pronoun

Do you remember the direct and indirect object pronouns?

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Attention! You can’t use the indirect pronouns le and les before the direct pronouns lo, la, los and las. In these cases you need to replace le / les for SE

                 Compra flores a María           Den el libro a los estudiantes 

                        Cómpralelas  ✘                                Dénleslo 

                       Cómpraselas                                 Dénselo 

It’s exactly the same with the imperativo negativo, but the indirect and direct pronouns go before the verb:

              No Compres flores a María          No den los libros a los estudiantes 

                   No le las compres                                   No les los den 

                  No se las compres                                  No se los den 

Remember! Remove the final -d of vosotros(as) before the pronoun os in imperativo afirmativo: 

                Comprad flores a vosotros             Dad los libros a vosotras 

                        Comprádoslas  ✘                                  Dádoslos                                                           Compráoslas                                     oslos 

Special cases:

Miren ustedes a nosotros > Mírennos  (double -n)

Maquillemos a nosotros > Maquillémonos (remove the final -s from the verb before the pronoun nos)


Let’s practice!

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