German Grammar Explained /

Imperative: Part 1

Today you will learn the imperative in German.
That sounds like something of vital importance.
Yes! You can use the imperative verb forms to give orders.
Finally, something useful!
In English, the imperative forms look like this:
Come here!
Close the door, please!
Call me!
In German, they look like this:
Komm her!
Come here!
Trink ein Bier mit mir!
Drink a beer with me!
In case you were wondering if her was a typo... Well, no. There is a word in English, similar in meaning and in looks, you guessed it... It's "here". German, once more, is a little bit more specific about things, so they have two different words for "here".
- use hier when you talk about a fixed location
- use her when you talk about destination
kommen komm!
sagen sag!
trinken trink! But: Irregular verbs will remain irregular in the imperative form! sprechen sprich!
sehen sieh!
For irregular verbs, these two steps will help you:
1. CONJUGATE: sehen → du siehst
2. REMOVE: du siehstSieh!
Giving orders or commands using the imperative can sound a little harsh in German. Also, using bitte can sound a bit rude, even passive aggressive.
The solution? A little magic word doch. Don't ask what it means - there is no translation!
Komm her! → Komm doch her!
Why don't you come over here?
Oh, that's what my neighbor shouted! He said Hör doch auf! when I was singing in the shower.
Wow, your singing must be terrible...