Forms in l'impératif

Kari

Kwiziq community member

6 July 2017

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Forms in l'impératif

Why do some verbs conjugate in the il/elle form if the lesson says there can only be tu/nous/vous? Example Donne-lui, Regarde-le etc. I am confused.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate regular verbs in L'Impératif (imperative)"

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

6 July 2017

6/07/17

Hi Kari,

Those examples aren't conjugated in the il/elle form but I can see that it's the verb object (as opposed to the subject) that's confusing you.

So "donne-lui" for example is really [tu] donne-lui : [you] give it to him. "lui" in that sentence has no bearing on which conjugation you use. Verbs can take any object as normal but you only give commands to other people in the secon person so you would conjugate using the tu/vous/nous forms.

Make sense?

Kari

Kwiziq community member

6 July 2017

6/07/17

But isn't the (tu) donnes and (tu) regardes? Why is there no "s" on the end in l'imperatif?

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

7 July 2017

7/07/17

Hi Kari - that's explained in the lesson. "Note that for all verbs ending in -ER (including aller), the -s is dropped at the end of the tu form."

Kari

Kwiziq community member

7 July 2017

7/07/17

Yep I see that now that you bave pointed it out - must have read through it too quickly and missed that completely

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