The "tú" (2nd person singular) form of El Imperativo (affirmative commands) of most verbs in Spanish coincide with the conjugation for the él/ella (3rd person singular) form in El Presente.
Have a look at these examples of el/ella + present tense and the tú form of the imperative:
Él baila. (He dances) = present tense
¡Baila! (Dance!) = affirmative command for tú
Ella come. (She eats) = present tense
¡Come! (Eat!) = affirmative command for tú
Pedro conduce. (Pedro drives) = present tense
¡Conduce! (Drive!) = affirmative command for tú
Here are some more examples:
Mi hija María pinta unos cuadros muy bonitos.My daughter María paints some very pretty pictures.
María, ¡pinta un cuadro bonito!María, paint a pretty picture!
Esther cose el botón de su camisa.Esther sews a button on her shirt.
Esther, ¡cose el botón de tu camisa!Esther, sew the button on your shirt!
Ella asiste a la cita del médico.She attends the doctor's appointment.
¡Asiste a la cita del médico!Attend the doctor's appointment!
Remember that lots of verbs in Spanish contain irregularities in the present tense, so that irregularity is maintained in the imperative:
¡Empieza ahora!Start now!
¡Pide la cuenta!Ask for the bill!
¡Recuerda nuestra cita!Remember our date!
There are a limited number of irregular verbs that for the tú form of the imperative do not follow the rule above. Most of them are yo-go verbs. These have a short form, see Forming the imperative of tú for all irregular verbs (irregular affirmative commands).
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