• Dutch grammar
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  • 10 Dutch verbs [0/27]
  • 10.1 Dutch infinitive (verbs with and without 'te') [0/2]
  • 10.2 Dutch regular verbs (weak verbs) [0/2]
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  • 10.4 Dutch imperative (gebiedende wijs) [0/2]
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  • 10.7 Dutch auxiliary verbs [0/2]
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  • 10.14 Dutch verb list
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  • Dutch imperative (gebiedende wijs)

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    Definition and usage of the Dutch imperative  

    The Dutch imperative is used to give an order or command. The sentences generally do not have a subject if an imperative is used. The table below shows the different situations in which this Dutch verb tense is used. 

    Situation Example Translation
    You want to give an order or command.
    • Blijf zitten.
    • Hou je mond.
    • Zit stil.
    • Stay seated. 
    • Shut up. 
    • Sit still. 
    You want to give an order or command in a polite way.
    • Blijft u zitten. 
    • gaat u naar buiten.
    • Betaalt u de rekening.
    • Please stay seated. 
    • Please go outside. 
    • Please pay the bill. 
    A command is given in general and not addressed to one specific person. 
    • Niet storen. 
    • Blijven zitten. 
    • Niet voeren. 
    • Do not disturb. 
    • Remain seated. 
    • Do not feed. 
    You want to make a proposal with 'laten we' (let's)
    • Laten we naar huis gaan. 
    • Laten we hier eten. 
    • Laten we morgen afspreken. 
    • Let's go home. 
    • Let's eat here. 
    • Let's meet up tomorrow. 

    Conjugation of the Dutch imperative 

    1. To give an order or command, the imperative is formed with the present tense 
    of the first person singular, ik (I). The subject is left out here. 
     

    Verb Imperative Example Translation
    gaan (to go) ga
    • Ga nu weg. 
    • Ga naar het feest. 
    • Go away now. 
    • Go to the party. 
    lopen (to walk) loop 
    • Loop eens mee. 
    • Loop achter haar aan.
    • Walk along. 
    • Walk after her. 
    blijven (to remain/to keep/to stay) blijf
    • Blijf hier wachten. 
    • Blijf bij mij alsjeblieft. 
    • Keep waiting here. 
    • Stay with me, please. 

    2. To give a more polite order or command, the second person personal, u (you), is used. The personal pronoun has to be added here.   
     

    Verb Imperative Example Translation
    gaan (to go) gaat u
    • Gaat u naar huis alstublieft. 
    • Gaat u even met mij mee. 
    • Go home, please. 
    • Go along with me, please. 
    lopen (to walk) loopt u
    • Loopt u deze kant op alstublieft. 
    • Loopt u naar het kantoor. 
    • Walk this way, please. 
    • Walk to the officie, please. 
    blijven (to remain/to keep/to stay) blijft u
    • Blijft u zitten alstublieft. 
    • Blijft u hier, dan ga ik het halen. 
    • Remain seated, please. 
    • Stay here please, I will get it. 

    3. If a command is given in general and not addressed to a specific person, the infinitives of the verbs are used. This happens for example on signs in public places. 

    Verb Imperative Example Translation
    gaan (to go) gaan
    • Niet weg gaan.
    • Opzij gaan. 
    • Don't go away. 
    • Move.
    lopen (to walk) lopen
    • Hier niet lopen.
    • Hier lopen. 
    • Don't walk here. 
    • Walk here. 
    blijven (to remain/to keep/to stay) blijven
    • Op het gras blijven.
    • Op het fietspad blijven.
    • Stay on the grass. 
    • Stay on the bike path. 

    4. To make a proposal with 'laten we' (let's), the infinitive of the verb is used in combination with 'laten we'.  

    Verb Imperative Example  Translation 
    gaan (to go) laten we gaan
    • Laten we naar huis gaan. 
    • Laten we hier wat drinken. 
    • Let's go home. 
    • Let's drink something here. 
    lopen (to walk) laten we lopen
    • Laten we naar huis lopen.
    • Laten we naar school lopen.
    • Let's walk home. 
    • Let's walk to school. 
    blijven (to remain/to keep/to stay) laten we blijven
    • Laten we hier blijven. 
    • Laten we bij oma blijven vanmiddag. 
    • Let's stay here. 
    • Let's stay with Grandma this afternoon. 

    Train your skills with the exercises about the imperative below!