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Imperative in Italian

The imperative is used to give orders or commands and corresponds with the present indicative.


Sii buono! / Be good!

Fai il bravo! / Behave!

Non dirlo a nessuno! / Don't tell anyone!

Di la verità! / Tell the truth!

Abbiate pazienza! / Be patient!

Fate piano / Take your time!

Mangia tutto / Eat everything!

Dormite! / Sleep!

Leggete da pag. 1 a pag. 20! / Read from page 1 to page 20!

The Imperative of the verbs mangiare, credere e partire.

(to eat)

(to believe)
(to leave)

(Tu) mangia

(Noi) mangiamo

(Voi) mangiate

(Tu) credi

(Noi) crediamo

(Voi) credete

(Tu) parti

(Noi) partiamo

(Voi) partite

The Imperative of the verbs essere e avere.

Essere (to be)

Avere (to have)

(Tu) sii

(Noi) siamo

(Voi) siate

(Tu) abbi

(Noi) abbiamo

(Voi) abbiate

N.B. The imperative of the first person plural noi (we) is not an order but an exhultation. E.g:

Mangiamo una bella pizza! / Let's eat a nice pizza!

When there is a negative command, we use the infinitive.

Non fumare / Don't smoke!
Non disturbare / Do not disturb!
Non toccare / Don't touch!


See also:

Italian Imperative Form Video Exercise Complete the song with the correct verb in the imperative form.

Italian Course: Unit 6 The imperative

Italian Course: Unit 24 The negative imperative


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