Me becomes moi in affirmative commands (L'Impératif)

Look at these sentences with me change when turned into affirmative imperatives: 

Tu me montres les éléphants, s'il-te-plaît.
- Papa, montre-moi les éléphants!

You show me the elephants, please.
- Daddy, show me the elephants!

Tu me donnes les fleurs?
-Non.
-Donne-moi les fleurs!

You're giving me the flowers?
-No.
-Give me the flowers!

Tu m'aides avec mes devoirs?
-Non.
-Allez, aide-moi avec mes devoirs!

Are you helping me with my homework?
-No.
-Come on, help me with my homework!

In affirmative commands, the object pronoun me (as in: Give me that!) follow this pattern:

1- The pronoun me become stress pronoun moi

2- They are placed after the verb with a hyphen in between.

 

See also Le, la, les vs lui, leur in affirmative commands (L'Impératif)

and Conjugate regular verbs in L'Impératif (imperative) 

Examples and resources

Tu me donnes les fleurs?
-Non.
-Donne-moi les fleurs!

You're giving me the flowers?
-No.
-Give me the flowers!


Tu me montres les éléphants, s'il-te-plaît.
- Papa, montre-moi les éléphants!

You show me the elephants, please.
- Daddy, show me the elephants!


Tu m'aides avec mes devoirs?
-Non.
-Allez, aide-moi avec mes devoirs!

Are you helping me with my homework?
-No.
-Come on, help me with my homework!


Q&A Forum 3 questions, 7 answers

SaraB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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When ‘Tu aides moi’ becomes ‘aide-moi’, the ‘s’ in the verb ‘aide’ is lost, as in the other example sentences. Does that mean that in affirmative imperative sentences the verb is conjugated in the ‘il/elle/on’ form? 

Thank you!

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Sara,

It is the rule that in the case of regular verbs ending in ER ( including aller) the final 's' will be dropped in the 'tu' form of the imperative -

Tu m'aides -----> Aide-moi!

Take a look at the following Kwiziq lesson for more information :

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/conjugate-regular-verbs-in-l-imperatif-imperative

Hope this helps!

Jean-Claude A2Kwiziq community member

Yes 

Jean-Claude A2Kwiziq community member

Forme imperative 

Jean-Claude A2Kwiziq community member

imperative form 

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When ‘Tu aides moi’ becomes ‘aide-moi’, the ‘s’ in the verb ‘aide’ is lost, as in the other example sentences. Does that mean that in affirmative imperative sentences the verb is conjugated in the ‘il/elle/on’ form? 

Thank you!

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GC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

In the green grammar box above,

the way the explanation is written suggests you are talking about more than one pronoun – not just ‘me-moi’.  Are there others?

 

i.e. 2- THEY are placed after the verb………

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

HI G,

Yes,  there are other pronouns, the following lesson will explore them -

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/when-to-use-le-la-les-versus-lui-leur-in-affirmative-commands-imperatif

But in the example,  "Donne-moi ça!" ( Give that to me !) it could be 

Donne-lui Give him

Donne-nous = Give us

Donne-leur Give them

Hope this helps!

In the green grammar box above,

the way the explanation is written suggests you are talking about more than one pronoun – not just ‘me-moi’.  Are there others?

 

i.e. 2- THEY are placed after the verb………

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LilyB2Kwiziq community member

Example: Allez, aide-moi

This example from the top of the page confuses me. Why is Allez conjugated in vous form and Aide is in tu form?
Asked 2 years ago
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Bonjour Lily, I think that may be a typo. Tu m'aides avec mes devoirs?-Non.-Allez, aide-moi avec mes devoirs! Are you helping me with my homework?-No.-Come on, help me with my homework!
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Lily, Allez isn't really a conjugated verb there, it's a filler that means "come on." Allez, aide-moi ! Allez, on va partir.
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Example: Allez, aide-moi

This example from the top of the page confuses me. Why is Allez conjugated in vous form and Aide is in tu form?

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