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Overview of the Positive Imperative Mood

The imperative mood is used to give orders, direct advice, and to give directions. It is only used in the present tense and, because of its direct nature, it is more often used with the second persons singular and plural, depending on whether you are talking to one or more people. The imperative does, however, exist in all persons, except the first person singular.The first person plural--noi--may also be used when expressing Let's + verb.

In the following table you can see the imperative conjugations for verbs ending in -are. Note that only the second person singular has a special imperative form: stem + -a. Noi and voi use the present indicative form and Lei and Loro use the present subjunctive.

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