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This lesson is part of the Pre-Intermediate Spanish Course
(69 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 41 mins)

Pre Intermediate Spanish Course

Pre-Intermediate Spanish Lesson 64: Spanish Imperatives (Part 2)

This is the second Spanish lesson in a series of four videos about Spanish Imperatives. In this lesson we are going to learn how to use Spanish Imperatives with direct object pronouns. Spanish direct object pronouns are Lo/La (it) and Los/Las (them). A direct object in a sentence is the person, event or thing affected by the verb. The main difference between the use of the direct object pronouns in Spanish and English is their placement. We can use the Spanish Imperative to give a direct order, to give instructions, to make an invitation, on signs and notices and to give friendly, informal advice. Examples of the Imperative in English are sentences such as “Open the door”, “Turn right at the end of the road” or “Make yourself at home”. In English the Imperative is constructed very simply with the use of the base verb with no alterations for all persons. Unfortunately for you, the Spanish student, it is slightly more complicated in Spanish. We need to learn how to construct different Spanish verb endings for tú, usted, vosotros and ustedes depending on whether the verb ends in -ar, -er or -ir. In the previous Spanish lesson we saw how to construct the verb endings for the Spanish Imperative regular verbs and in the next lesson we will see irregular negative Spanish Imperatives.

Lesson notes:

Lo: it
La: it
Los: them
Las: them

Míralo: look at it
Mírala: look at it
Míralos: look at them
Míralas: look at them

No lo mires: don’t look at it
No la mires: don’t look at it
No los mires: don’t look at them
No las mires: don’t look at them

Activity:

Translate the following…

Don’t use it (formal) (pen)
Don’t use it (group) (rubber)
Don’t eat them (informal) (chips)
Don’t drink it (formal/group) (coffee)
Don’t eat them (formal) (peanuts)

Here are the answers for the last activity:

No abras
No abran
No bebáis
No uses
No trabajen

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