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Let's learn how to give formal commands in Spanish!

Spanish 2

Los Mandatos Formales

1. Use the formal command forms of the verbs to give and follow instructions2. Give and follow household chores instructions

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  • Mandatos in the formal form are used with the subject pronouns "usted" and "ustedes"
  • To form these commands, we used the present tense yo form of the verb, drop the -o, and switch the endings. Let's take a look at this!

Mandatos Formales

  • Mandatos (commands) in the informal form are used with the subject pronoun "tú"
  • To form these commands, we know to use the present tense conjugation of that verb in the él, ella, usted form. Por ejemplo = hablar - habla

Mandatos Informales



CONJUGATE the verb in the present tense "yo" form of the verbDROP the -oFLIP the endings to the opposite verbEJEMPLO:hablo ----> habl ----> hable(n)


These are the opposite endings you “flip” to:AR Verbs:For Usted: Add –eFor Ustedes: Add –enER/IR Verbs:For Usted: Add –aFor Ustedes: Add –an*Formal commands of stem-changing verbs will show the stem-change.

03 How to form Usted Commands in Spanish. (2014, July 2). Www.youtube.com. https://youtu.be/FcxObfhfp7E?si=9lYojIwO6LSTY8Wx


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