Pidas disculpas is wrong?

RobertC1Kwiziq community member

Pidas disculpas is wrong?

I understand why:

"¡Ya estás pidiendo disculpas a tu hermano!"

is correct, but I don't understand why:

"Pidas disculpas a tu hermano is wrong."

thanks,

R


Asked 2 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Robert

You can use the present subjunctive as a command when it is for a formal "usted, ustedes", e.g.:

Pida usted disculpas / Pidan disculpas

But for the informal tú (which is this case in the question you encountered) you need the imperative form:

¡Pide disculpas!

Here are some lessons about using the imperative/commands bearing in mind the different subject pronouns and if they are affirmative or negative:

Forming the imperative for usted/ustedes/nosotros/nosotras (affirmative and negative commands)

Forming the imperative of tú for most verbs (affirmative commands)

Forming the imperative of tú/ vosotros/vosotras (negative commands)

I hope these help.

Saludos cordiales

Inma

Pidas disculpas is wrong?

I understand why:

"¡Ya estás pidiendo disculpas a tu hermano!"

is correct, but I don't understand why:

"Pidas disculpas a tu hermano is wrong."

thanks,

R


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