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I am having trouble with the imperative form. I have read a couple of blogs on how to use it and it's not helping much. Can anyone help with smaller words lol. Like specifically using tu and vous. I want to use those and the verbs manger and venir. I don't know if that makes sense. I hope it did. Can anyone help me?

May 5, 2020



The imperative form does not need the subject pronoun, it exists in the second person singular (tu), the first person plural (nous) and the second person plural (vous). You actually use the present tense conjugation (except you don't add the -s for -er verbs with tu)

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Link: The imperative in French on Lingolia


It's pretty straightforward. Consider aller -

With your boss, you'd say "Allez au diable!"

With your ex, you'd say "Va au diable!"

That's pretty much the difference. For manger, you could say, to your beau-père "mangez" but to your friend you could say "mange". Similarly, for venir, it would be "venez" and "viens". All the regular verbs work like that.

Have a look at the reverso conjugator:



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    thx guys this actually helped!


    one interesting phrase I have heard is allez viens !

    This seems to combine the two forms. I have heard it often enough, and I have used it myself with francophones, but I have heard no explanation for why the phrase exists, especially since it seems to cross the T-V boundary.


    Allez ! come on!
    Viens ! come!
    Allez, viens! Come on, come!

    And sometimes, we say Allez, va. or Allez viens, va.


    I think this is because of two different orders, like using the contradiction to emphasize (if that makes any sense at all). It is also often said Allez, venez! which uses both as V . Mostly I think it depends on context


    Allez is a very common expression equivalent to come on.
    You would use it even when you say tu to someone.


    Thanks to everyone who answered i understand now.and this really helped!


    Some useful "aller" imperatives/exhortations:

    "Allons!" - Let's go! A general call to action - and you don't have to worry about tu/vous;

    "Vas-y" or "Allez-y" - Go on, go for it, help yourself/knock yourself out (see "Joe Le Taxi" on Youtube);

    "Allez, les bleus!" - the rallying cry of French soccer and rugby supporters to their blue clad heros;

    "Allons, enfants de la patrie; le jour de gloire est arrive!" - the first line of The Marseillaise (Forward, children of the motherland; our day of glory has arrived!) A pretty ferocious and bloodthirsty anthem which was originally the marching song of 18C soldiers from that southern city.

    (I believe the final exhortation of the Blues Brothers ("Hit it!) translates as "Fonce!")


    So if I understand your question correctely, tu is informel, and vous is formel. Depending on the context one or the other can be used. With mange, Tu manges (friend, 1 person), Vous mangez (person in authority, or multiple people). With venir, Tu viens ou Vous venez Imperative is also always using tu and vous, because it is how you give orders Please let me know if this is clear enough


    Yes it was thanks!


    Avec les verbes en -er, il faut mettre e --> ex : (je) *mange, (tu) mange

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