The imperative and present subjunctive of vos

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The imperative and present subjunctive of vos

Reminder: the pronoun vos is used in different parts of Latin America (mainly Argentina, Uruguay and some Central American countries) instead of , to speak informally to a singular “you”. 

Vos tenés la misma edad que mi hermano.

You are the same age as my brother.

It has its own conjugations in three tenses: simple present, imperative and present subjunctive. This is how we form:

The imperative:

  • To conjugate a verb in the imperative with vos, take the vosotros/as conjugation in the same tense, remove the d and add an accent:

 ¡Venid! (vosotros venir, imperativo presente) ¡Vení! (vos).

Come! (plural informal “you”) Come! (singular informal “you”).

¡Entrad! (vosotros entrar, imperativo presente) ¡Entrá! (vos).

Enter! (plural informal “you”) Enter! (singular informal “you”).

The present subjunctive:

  • To conjugate a verb in the present subjunctive with vos, take the conjugation and add an accent on the last syllable.

No cantes cantar, subj. presente No cantés.

Don't sing (tú form) Don't sing (vos form).

No salgas salir, subj. presente No salgás.

Don't leave (tú form) Don't leave (vos form).

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