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.
|You want to give an order or command.|
|You want to give an order or command in a polite way.|
|A command is given in general and not addressed to one specific person.|
|You want to make a proposal with 'laten we' (let's)|
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.
|gaan (to go)||ga|
|lopen (to walk)||loop|
|blijven (to remain/to keep/to stay)||blijf|
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.
|gaan (to go)||gaat u|
|lopen (to walk)||loopt u|
|blijven (to remain/to keep/to stay)||blijft u|
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.
|gaan (to go)||gaan|
|lopen (to walk)||lopen|
|blijven (to remain/to keep/to stay)||blijven|
4. To make a proposal with 'laten we' (let's), the infinitive of the verb is used in combination with 'laten we'.
|gaan (to go)||laten we gaan|
|lopen (to walk)||laten we lopen|
|blijven (to remain/to keep/to stay)||laten we blijven|
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