*Commands are used when ordering, or telling someone to do something. This is often referred to as the "imperative" form of the verb.
Compra (tú) el anillo.(You) Buy the ring.Escribe (tú) la tarea.(You) Do the homework.Compra (tú) los libros.(You) Buy the books.Come (tú) la patata.(You) Eat the potato.
*Remember that Spanish has both a formal and an informal style of speech (tú/Ud.). This distinction applies to commands.Compre Ud. el anillo. Buy the ring. (formal) Compra (tú) los dulces. Buy the candy. (familiar)*Remember, formal speech is generally used to be polite or to express respect. Informal, or familiar, speech is used among friends, coworkers, relatives, or when addressing a child.
- *The affirmative informal (tú) commands are formed the same way as the present indicative Ud. form:
- (hablar - ar + a = habla)
- (comer - er + e = come)
- (escribir - ir + e = escribe)