Yes! You can use the imperative verb forms to give orders.
Finally, something useful!
In English, the imperative forms look like this:
Close the door, please!
In German, they look like this:
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
trinken → trink!
But: Irregular verbs will remain irregular in the imperative form!
sehen → sieh!
For irregular verbs, these two steps will help you:
1. CONJUGATE: sehen → du siehst
2. REMOVE:du siehst → Sieh!
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.