The imperative is a German verb mode that is used to express a command or a request. For instance "Mach die Tür auf!" (Open the door). Here "Mach" is the 2.ps.sg. imperative mode of "machen".

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difference between “sei vorsichtig” and “pass auf dich auf”?

Could someone please explain what these two expressions mean? In which circumstances have they usages? A truck comes over me on a road. In that case would someone call me like following: Pass auf ...
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Why “sag mir” and not “sage mir”?

"sage" is the du-imperative form, and I don't see "sag" on any "sagen" conjugation pages.
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Why “setzen, 6” and not “setz, 6”?

When a teacher gives the pupil the worst grade, why is he using infinitive and not imperative here?
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What kind of sentence structure used in cooking recipe?

I am a beginner and so far I have learned about statement, yes-no question, w- question, command but this kind of text seems very strange though I somehow get what it says. Nudeln kochen, Schinken ...
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How to translate the English imperative 'See: X' when referencing?

In a reference like See: Page 234 or See: requests, how is that done in German? Since neither English nor German is my native language, I hesitate to write Sehe.
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What is the correct imperative form of “wiederholen”?

I would like to say repeat frequently! by using the verb wiederholen and the adjective regelmäßig. Which one of these is the correct for du and which one for ihr? du wiederhole; wiederhol; hole ...
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How do I use the verb(s) fallen lassen (“to drop”) in the informal singular imperative?

My step-father and I have a long-standing joke in which I will tell him "don't drop the soap" (because he's in prison). I'm writing him a letter and I want to say this in German. I have two German ...
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How to use verbs when demanding? [closed]

Sorry if this is a stupid question but what verb ending would you use when demanding something? Examples: "Get me a apple" or "Sing me a song".
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Sentence structure for “Arzneimittel für Kinder unzugänglich aufbewahren!”

I translate the sentence: Arzneimittel für Kinder unzugänglich aufbewahren! as Keep/store all medicines out of reach of children. Given it seems to be an imperative statement, why isn't it ...
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Are separable verbs treated differently in the imperative?

Here: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~german/Grammatik/Imperative/Imperativ.html there's a photograph of a sign saying: Nehmen Sie bitte Ihren Müll mit nach Hause Now my understanding is that the ...
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Was für eine Imperativform ist die in „Helfe einem Obdachlosen!“?

Die Frage ist zu elementar. Aber ich kann noch nicht verstehen warum sagt man Helfe einem Obdachlosen! statt einer der folgenden Varianten: { Hilf | Helfen Sie | Helft } einem Obdachlosen!
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„Wähl du!‟ - use of “du” with imperative

I was going through the dictionary and the following example caught my attention: „Welches sollen wir nehmen?‟ – „Wähl du!‟ I think it should mean "You choose!". I have a feeling that saying ...
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»Vergiss nicht den Reisepass« oder »Vergiss den Reisepass nicht«?

Welcher Satz ist richtig? Vergiss nicht den Reisepass. Vergiss den Reisepass nicht.
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Woher stammt die Verwendung des Infinitivs als Ersatz für den Imperativ?

Immer häufiger sehe ich den Infinitiv, wo ich den Imperativ erwarte: Statt Haltet die Einfahrt frei. steht da also Einfahrt freihalten. oder sogar Die Einfahrt ist freizuhalten. ...
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Is “Lass uns uns treffen” correct?

What is the correct translation of "let's meet up"? Lass uns uns treffen Or Lass uns treffen
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How is the equivalent of the English “Let's …” formed?

I read this part in a book: I wonder if this is correct because I always form such sentence like the English "Let's ..." with "lassen" ("lass uns ..."), for example: Lass uns gehen Lass uns ...
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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Singular Imperativ mit und ohne 'e' am Ende?

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Singular Imperativ mit und ohne 'e' am Ende? Zum Beispiel: „Geh(e) weiter!“ „Hab(e) Geduld!“ Bedeutet „Geh“ etwas anderes als „Gehe“? Darf man „e“ am ...