“We” Commands in Spanish

Students should learn how to make verbal commands early on in their language learning careers. There are endings to memorize, rules about placement of object pronouns, and even different forms for familiar commands, depending if they are affirmative or negative. It can be a lot to keep straight! Commands are most often directed at another person: telling him or her either to do something or not to do something.

There is one exception. The “we” commands suggest that not only do you do something, but I do it as well! It seems much more friendly (I’ve got to be willing to do what I’m suggesting, too). Let’s take a look.

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 ¡Hagámoslo!  ¡Vamos a hacerlo!  Let’s do it!

There are two ways to suggest that “we” do something. The first is incredibly easy. It is a construction learned by 1st year students in the opening weeks of class.

1) Take the 1st person plural form of “ir”  with the preposition “a”  and an infinitive.

Examples:

¡Vamos a invitar a Steph Curry!

Let’s invite Steph Curry!

¡Vamos a comer con el cantante Juanes en el nuevo restaurante de Medellín!

Let’s eat with the singer Juanes in the new restaurant in Medellín!

¡Vamos a sentarnos aquí!

Let’s sit down here!

¿Los boletos? ¡Vamos a dárselos a nuestras primas!

The tickets? Let’s give them to our cousins!

 

2) The second way to form these commands is using the 1st person plural of the subjunctive mood.

 

Examples:

¡Invitemos a Steph Curry!

Let’s invite Steph Curry!

¡Comamos con el cantante Juanes en el nuevo restaurante de Medellín!

Let’s eat with the singer Juanes in the new restaurant in Medellín!

¡Sentémonos aquí!

Let’s sit down here!

¿Los boletos? ¡Démoselos a nuestras primas!

The tickets? Let’s give them to our cousins!

 

Two final things. With these nosotros forms of commands, when the verb is reflexive, drop off the final “s” of the command before you add the “nos.”

 

Examples:

¡Sentémonos!

Let’s sit down!

¡Durmámonos!

Let’s go to sleep!

 

When you add the object pronouns “se lo”  or “se la”  or “se los”  or “se las”  to the end of a nosotros command, you will also drop off the final “s.”

 

Examples:    apples

¿Las manzanas? ¡Comprémoselas a la abuela!

The fruit? Let’s buy them for grandma!

¿La tarea? ¡Entreguémosela al profesor!

The homework? Let’s hand it in to the teacher!

 

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