Conjugate reflexive verbs in the imperative mood in French (L'Impératif) - affirmative commands

Look at these imperative forms (commands) of reflexive verbs:

Lève-toi !Get up!

Levons-nous!Let's get up!

Levez-vous!Get up!

Tu te lèves ... Allez, lève-toi!You're getting up ... Come on, get up!

Notice that in affirmative commands, reflexive verbs follow this pattern:

1- The reflexive pronouns te / vous / nous become stress pronouns toi / vous / nous

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


REMEMBER that in l'Impératif:

subject pronouns don't appear as they would normally do.

- verbs in -er lose the 's' of Le Présent in the 'tu' form.

See Conjugate regular verbs in the imperative mood in French (L'Impératif)

 

ATTENTION:

The verb s'asseoir (to sit down) has two accepted conjugations:

First conjugation:
(Note that for the 'tu' form, two pronunciations are possible)

Assieds-toi !
Assieds-toi !
Sit down!

Asseyons-nous ! Let's sit down!

Asseyez-vous !Sit down!

Second conjugation:

Assois-toi !Sit down!

Assoyons-nous !Let's sit down!

Assoyez-vous !Sit down!

 

Softening commands into suggestions

You can alternatively use l'Impératif of aller with the infinitive of the reflexive verb like this:

Allez vous habiller!Go get dressed!

Allons nous préparer.Let's go get ready.

Va te coucher!Go to bed!

 

See also Conjugate reflexive verbs in the imperative mood in French (L'Impératif) - negative commands

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Examples and resources

Lève-toi !Get up!
Assois-toi !Sit down!
Levons-nous!Let's get up!
Assoyons-nous !Let's sit down!
Assieds-toi !
Assieds-toi !
Sit down!
Asseyons-nous ! Let's sit down!
Brosse-toi les dents !Brush your teeth!
Asseyez-vous !Sit down!
Mets-toi sur ton 31 !Dress smartly!
Allez vous habiller!Go get dressed!
Allons nous préparer.Let's go get ready.
Va te coucher!Go to bed!
Tu te lèves ... Allez, lève-toi!You're getting up ... Come on, get up!
Couche-toi!Go to bed!
Couchons-nousLet's go to bed!
Couchez-vous!Go to bed!
Levez-vous!Get up!
Assoyez-vous !Sit down!
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