The imperative of verbs ending in -zar

In the imperative, verbs ending in -zar are irregular, changing the z for a c with the pronouns usted (singular formal “you”), nosotros/as (we, us) and ustedes (plural formal “you”).

Actualizar → Actualice la aplicación.

To update → Update the app.

Realizar → Realicen el trabajo a tiempo.

To perform → Perform the work on time.

These are the conjugations:

(tú) actualiza
(usted) actualice
(nosotros/as) actualicemos
(vosotros/as) actualizad
(ustedes) actualicen

Realizar en
(tú) realiza
(usted) realice
(nosotros/as) realicemos
(vosotros/as) realizad
(ustedes) realicen

(tú) aplaza
(usted) aplace
(nosotros/as) aplacemos
(vosotros/as) aplazad
(ustedes) aplacen

Other verbs that follow this pattern are: danzar (to dance), cruzar (to cross), rechazar (to reject) and alcanzar (to reach, to achieve).

Crucen la calle.

Cross the street.

Rechacemos la propuesta.

We reject the proposal.

Note: some -zar verbs have a second irregularity in their root. 

Empezar → No empiece todavía empezar, imperativo presente.

To start → Don't start yet.

Comenzar → Comiencen a comer comenzar, imperativo presente.

To start Start eating.

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