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First Person Commands ("nosotros")

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Nosotros commands are used when the speaker is included, and are used to express the idea "let's + verb." To form these commands, use the nosotros form of the present subjunctive.

Comamos allí.
Let's eat there.

Contemos el dinero.
Let's count the money.



To form the negative command, place the word no before the same verb form (present subjunctive).

No comamos allí.
Let's not eat there.

No contemos el dinero.
Let's not count the money.



The only exception is the verb ir(se), which uses the present indicative for the affirmative command only.

Vamos ahora.
Let's go now.

but

No vayamos a la tienda.
Let's not go to the store.



As with other commands, a written accent is often required when pronouns are added. With affirmative commands, the final "s" of the verb form is dropped before adding the pronouns "nos" or "se."

Sentemos + nos = Sentémonos.
Let's sit down.

Escribamos + se + la = Escribámosela.
Let's write it to them.

But not with negative commands.

No nos sentemos.
Let's not sit down.

No se la escribamos.
Let's not write it to them.



Note that "Vamos a + infinitive" can also be used to convey the meaning "Let's ___." Note the two different ways of saying the same thing.

Trabajemos juntos.
Let's work together.

Vamos a trabajar juntos.
Let's work together.



Let's add a flashcard for nosotros commands:

Verb Flashcards
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Nosotros commands (let's ...). Use present subjunctive (except ir)

Comamos allí.
No comamos allí.

Vamos ahora.
No vayamos ahora.

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