The imperative is a grammatical mood that forms commands or requests, including giving permission or declaring a prohibition or any other kind of advice or exhortation.
In Croatian the imperative exists in all persons except of the 1st person singular. The imperative is only formed by the verbs ending.
The exception is the 3rd person singular and plural which is formed by: personal pronoun + word "neka" + present of the corresponding verb.
There are three groups of endings for the imperative form. Choosing the correct group is based on the verb's ending.
|Person||1st group (verb ends -ti)||2nd group (verb ends -ći)||3rd group (verb with the reflexive pronoun -se)|
|He, She||-neka + verb||-neka + verb||-neka + verb|
|They||- neka + verb||-neka + verb||-neka + verb|
As an example for the first group with verbs ending in -ti is chosen the verb "pjevati" (to sing)
|He, She||neka pjeva!|
As an example for the second group with verbs ending in -ći is chosen the verb "sijeći" (to cut)
|He, She||neka sijeće!|
As an example for the third group for verbs with the reflexive pronoun "se" is chosen the verb "smijati se" (to laugh)
|He, She||neka se smije!|
|They||neka se smiju!|
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