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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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Meaning of: “Bitte, erinnere mich an … ” [closed]

In imperative: Erinnere mich an die Arbeit! There I am telling some one (du) to remind me. Erinnerst du mich an die Arbeit! -st and du being out it should be: Erinner mich an die Arbeit!
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Bleibe Ruhig - Der Erlkönig [closed]

Refering to the Lied Der Erlkönig by Goethe, the expression "Bleibe ruhig!" appears in the fourth stanza. Shouldn't the Du-form of the verb Bleiben in the imperative be Bleib instead of Bleibe? ...
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Why would you use the past participle in commands rather than the imperative?

Hi my grammar book (neue Gelb) says that the past participle may be used as an imperative if the command is to be carried out immediately. For example: Hiergeblieben! Aufgepasst! I can't find ...
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Is there a mood difference between the two singular imperative forms?

In German the additional -e is optional in the singular imperative, say: probier! vs. probiere! Is there a full-on mood difference here or is it just a small matter of taste and nuance?
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Where should I use “bitte” in imperative sentences?

I've read that it's better to place bitte in the middle of the sentence, but I don't know where. For example to say the imperative form of "bitte das Fenster zumachen", which one is correct? "Mach ...
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How to turn “er möge” in indirect speech to direct

The question is on this indirect report in a passage from Book 2 Chapter 5 of Camus’s The Stranger (Der Fremde) as translated by Georg Goyert und Hans Georg Brenner. Der Geistliche betrachtete mich ...
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Justification of “werf” in spoken German instead of “wirf” (correct imperative)?

I’m a native speaker and the above problem is not very important, but interesting to me. Also I’m almost sure that you can, but want to hear other opinions on it. I think that it is correct because ...
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Imperative with and without -e

I read here "du": The imperative form of the informal second-person singular does not normally include the pronoun "du". In the case of weak verbs, the form is the stem. Usually you have the ...
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How to command “Head north” in German naval/military slang?

I have recently bought a board game where you play the role of a submarine captain and you have to instruct your crew to move the submarine in one direction: north, south, east or west. This game can ...
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Imperativ mit Ihr/euch

In the children’s song die Wanze I found “Seht euch mal die Wanze an” and it left me confused. According to what I learned, the imperative has three forms: du, ihr und Sie. What about “Seht euch … an” ...
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Formal Imperative of “sein” — “Sein” or “Seien”?

If I’m not mistaken, the formal imperative reads like this: <Infinitive Verb> + Sie + … ( + bitte). In case of the verb sein the infinitive is just sein itself. So on what grounds this sentence ...
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Imperatives with separable verbs

When forming the imperative of a separable verb, is the prefix sent to the end of the sentence (as in declarative sentences) or next to the verb? I looked at the grammar exercise book Practice Makes ...
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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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Mache dich, mein Herze, rein

Ich studiere in dem Chor, in dem ich singe, gerade die Matthäuspassion von J.S.Bach ein. Die Nummer 65 dieses dreieinhalbstündigen Monsterwerks ist eine Arie, die von einem Bass-Solisten gesungen wird....
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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 verb ...
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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 wähl ...
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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. Wikipedia ...
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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 ...