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Imperative is the fifty-second (assuming left to right) skill in the Dutch language tree. This skill has three lessons. In this skill, the student of Dutch is shown how to form the imperative tense. This tense is used for commands, like "Stop!"

Grammar Notes[]

There are three kinds of imperative in Dutch. The most common is to use the first person singular (the ik form) i.e. wees, lees, blijf. The other is more rare, but it shouldn't be left out: the u (formal) imperative. Use the formal second person (u)  i.e. weest, blijft, ruimt op.

The last lesson of this skill also teaches that you simply use the infinitive for the negative version of the imperative: Niet roken.


Lesson 1[]

  • wees = be
  • kom = come
  • lees = read
  • ruim op = clean up
  • blijf = stay
  • wacht = wait

Lesson 2[]

  • laten we gaan = let's go
  • laat = let
  • zing = sing
  • dans = dance
  • zwijg = shut up

Lesson 3[]

  • niet = don't
  • doen = to do
  • roken = to smoke
  • rennen = to run


Duolingo Lesson: www.duolingo.com/skill/dn/Verbs%3A-The-Imperative