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Verbs
Nosotros Commands

Nosotros Commands

There are many different types of Spanish commands, including tú commands, formal commands, indirect commands and nosotros commands. We'll focus on nosotros commands in this article. ¡Empecemos!  (Let's get started!)

Overview

Nosotros commands are used by a speaker to suggest an action be performed by a group of people he or she belongs to.

There are two types of nosotros commands in Spanish:

  • subjunctive form commands
  • vamos a plus infinitive commands

Let's take a look at each type!

Subjunctive Form Commands

To form nosotros commands with the subjunctive, simply use the nosotros form of the present subjunctive.

Trabajemos juntos.
Let’s work together.
 
Comamos aquí.
Let’s eat here.
 
Leamos los periódicos.
Let’s read the newspapers.
 
Vamos al restaurante.
Let’s go to the restaurant.
 

The present indicative form of the verb ir is used instead of the present subjunctive for affirmative commands.

2. Vamos a + Infinitive

To make this common command form, you simply use the phrase vamos a plus any infinitive verb.

Vamos a ir a la playa.
Let’s go to the beach.
 
¡Vamos a divertirnos!
Let’s have some fun!
 
Vamos a nadar.
Let’s go swim.
 

Negative Nosotros Commands

To form negative nosotros commands, you simply put no or another negative word in the front of the affirmative command.

No nademos.
Let’s not swim.
 
No salgamos.
Let’s not leave.
 
Nunca vayamos allí.
Let’s never go there.
 

You do use the present subjunctive form of the verb ir for negative commands.

Pronoun Placement and Nosotros Commands

When attaching a pronoun to the end of a nosotros command, follow the steps below.

Affirmative Commands and Pronoun Placement

For the Subjunctive Command Form:

  • Drop the final -s from the verb.
  • Attach the pronoun to the end of the subjunctive command form.
  • Write an accent on the second-to last-syllable of the verb.
FormulaSpanishEnglish
Sentemos + nos
Sentémonos aquí.
 
Let’s sit here.
Hagamos + se + la
Hagámosela.
 
Let’s make it for her.
Vamos + nos
¡Vámonos!
 
Let’s go!
Despertémonos temprano.
Let's get up early.
 
Vámonos de la casa en cinco minutos.
Let’s leave the house in five minutes.
 

For the Vamos a + Infinitive Form:

  • Attach the pronoun to the end of the infinitive form.
Vamos a sentarnos aquí.
Let’s sit here.
 
Vamos a dormirnos.
Let’s go to sleep.
 

Negative Commands and Pronoun Placement

This one's easy! You just put the reflexive, object, or indirect object pronoun between the negative word and before the verb. That's it!

No lo comamos.
Let’s not eat it.
 
No se lo demos.
Let’s not give it to them.
 

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