Italian Video Tutorial: Formal and Informal Imperative

Have you studied Formal and Informal Imperative in Italian?

Formal and Informal Imperative are very important grammar topics to learn.

As the context where the conversation takes place might be very different, in Italian we need to use a different level of formality.

That is why the same tense has two different forms: formal and informal.

Watch this nice video tutorial to learn more!

In Italian we use the Imperative when we want to catch someone’s attention.

For example we say:

Scusi –> Excuse me (formal)

Scusa –> Excuse me (informal)

Senti –> Listen (informal)

Senta –> Listen (formal)

In Italian we use the Imperative also to give advice.

Sei troppo magro, mangia di più –> You are too thin, eat more (informal)

Lei è troppo magro, mangi di più –> You are too thin, eat more (formal)

Questo colore non ti sta bene, cambiati la maglia –> This colour does not suit you, change your shirt (informal)

Questo colore non le sta bene, si cambi la maglia –> This colour does not suit you, change your shirt (formal)

We use Imperative to give instructions:

Vai dritto –> Straight on (informal)

Gira a destra –> Turn right (informal)

Poi vai a sinistra –> Then go left (informal)

If you want to be formal:

Vada dritto –> Straight on (formal)

Giri a destra –> Turn right (formal)

Poi vada a sinistra –> Then go left (formal)

When you go to the doctor, he’s going to give you instructions:

Prendi una pillola mattina e sera –> Take one pill in the morning and in the evening (informal)

Prenda una pillola mattina e sera –> Take one pill in the morning and in the evening (formal)

And then we use the Imperative to give orders:

Chiudi la porta –> Close the door (informal)

Apri la finestra –> Open the window (informal)

Stai zitto –> Shut up (informal)

And if you want to be formal:

Chiuda la porta –> Close the door (formal)

Apra la finestra –> Open the window (formal)

Stia zitto –> Shut up (formal)

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