The Imperative is used to give commands -To address one person, simply use the Present Tense stem of the verb -drop the -re from the infinitive
example, of singular form, addressing one person (1st conjugation verbs) amare- ama (drop -re) ama!- love! (2nd conjugation verbs) tenēre- tene (drop -re) tene!- hold! (3rd conjugation verbs) fugere- fuge (drop -re) fuge!- flee! (4th conjugation verbs) audire- audi *drop -re) audi!- listen! ** model of Command for each conjugation
To form the plural form, addressing 2 or more people -simply add -te, to the stem
ama + te - amate! - you (all) love! tene + te- tenete!- you (all) hold! fuge- (becomes) fugite! - you (all) flee!
***The 3rd conjugation changes the 'e' to 'i', in the plural form
Irregular Commands that must be memorized
Singular plural (addresses one ) (address more than one) dic- dicite- speak! fac- facite!- do (it)! fer- ferte!- carry! bring! duc ducite!