Imperative is the one hundred and ninth (assuming left to right) skill in the German language tree with a total of two lessons. In these lessons, the student of German learns about the imperative tense. This tense is the source of all commands: "Eat." "Drink." "Be."
No new words are learned in this skill.
German imperatives are less difficult than the actual conjugation of the verbs. The verb stem gains an ending. The endings are:
- du: -e or nothing (Lass, Ruf, etc.)
- wir: -en wir(Lassen wir, Rufen wir, etc.)
- ihr: -(e)t (Lasst, Ruft, etc.)
- Sie: -en Sie (Lassen Sie, Rufen Sie, etc.)
In verbs that have a stem change when conjugated, the stem changes in the imperative as well.
Example: "Lies mir ein Buch vor" ("Read me a book.")
The only verbs that are oddities in this system are verbs ending in just -n:
- Seien wir!
- Seien Sie!
- lass = let
- trink = drink
- lies = read
- handle = act
- iss = eat
- sei = be
- biege ab = turn
- nimm = take
- ruf = call
Duolingo Lesson: www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Verbs-Imperative