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How to form an Imperative Verb

To form a Latin verb in the singular imperative mood:

  1. Find the Present Stem from the Present Active Infinitive (2nd principal part)
  2. Drop the '-re'

Examples:

Exceptions: ducere - duc (duke); facere - fac (FAHK); iacere - iac (YAHK); dicere - dic (DEEK)

Words in parentheses are the pronunciation helps for these words

To form a Latin verb in the plural imperative mood:

  1. Find the Present Stem from the Present Active Infinitive (2nd principal part)
  2. Drop the '-re'
  3. Add- '-te' EXCEPT third conjugation. Drop the entire infinitive ending (-ere) and add '-ite' (pronounced it eh- short 'i' sound)

There are NO exceptions to the plural forms, so duc becomes ducite in the plural.

Examples:

When the vowel which precedes the 'te' is marked with an accent, make that vowel a long sound and put the stress of the word here please. When a short 'i' is used (3rd conjugation verbs), put the stress on the syllable that precedes the 'i' syllable.

Listen! Imperative is used to express a command!

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