Spanish for Educators – Talking About “Tú” Negative Commands in Spanish


This Spanish for Educators lesson focuses on the “Tú” Negative Commands in Spanish: MANDATOS NEGATIVOS. Su reto profesional: aplicar este vocabulario con sus estudiantes y padres o tutores y poner sus instrucciones en español en los comentarios.

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¿En cuáles contextos les dicen a los estudiantes que no deben hacer algo?

recreo, almuerzorecess, lunch
cuando alguien está hablandowhen someone is talking
durante las presentacionesduring presentations
en la filain line

Los Mandatos – Commands

Mandatos | Tú Negativo

Uso = When you have to tell your students NOT to do something

1. Put the verb in the present tense Yo form
Ejemplo: Hablar —> Yo habloI speak
2. Drop the -O
Ejemplo: Habl
3. Add the following endings:
-AR verbs: add an -es = Ejemplo: No hablesDon’t speak
-ER / -IR verbs: add -as = Ejemplo: No escribasDon’t write


 Don’t hitNo pegarNo pegues
 Don’t cut in lineNo cortar la filaNo cortes la fila 
 No running in the hallsNo correr en los
No corras en los pasillos 
 Don’t leave the class
without permission
 No salir sin permisoNo salgas sin permiso 
 Don’t scream No gritarNo grites 
 Don’t copy No copiarNo copies 
 Don’t say lies No decir
No digas mentiras 
 Don’t do that No hacerNo hagas… 
 Don’t leave No salirNo salgas 
 Don’t touch No tocarNo toques 
 Don’t play No jugarNo juegues 

Verbs ending in -CAR, -GAR, -ZAR

These verbs require spelling changes in order preserve pronunciation

CAR: C changes to QU
tocar – no toquesDon’t touch
GAR: G changes to GU
llegar – no lleguesDon’t come
ZAR: Z changes to C
Empezar – no empiecesDon’t start

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Los Mandatos – CAR, GAR, ZAR

To touch/ to playTocarNo toques
To look for…BuscarNo busques 
To practicePracticarNo practiques 
To arriveLlegarNo llegues 
To play (games, sports)JugarNo juegues
To beginComenzarNo comiences 
To beginEmpezarNo empieces 
To crossCruzarNo cruces 

Los Mandatos – Irregulares tú negativos

Dar – to giveYo doyNo des 
Estar – to beYo estoyNo estés 
ser – to beYo soyNo seas 
Ir – to goYo voyNo vayas 

Mandatos con pronombres

Affirmative commands
pronouns—> end of the verb
Negative commands
pronouns—> before the verb
Ponlo = put it onNo lo pongas = don’t put that on
Hazlo = do itNo lo hagas = don’t do it
Siéntate = sit downNo te sientes = Don’t sit down
Levántate = get up / stand upNo te levantes = don’t stand up / get up


1. Could you please tell Celia to not curse in class?
No decir groserías = No digas…
2. Velma keeps writing on her desk, could you tell her to stop?
No escribir en el escritorio = No escribas…
3. The groups are so loud. Could you tell them not to shout?
No gritar = No griten…
4. Esteban is throwing pencils. Please tell him not to.
No tirar los lápices = No tires…
5. Tell a little boy not to kick his classmates.
No patear los otros = No patees…
6. Tell the group of boys to stop fighting.
No pelear(se) = No se peleen…
7. Federico pushes in line. Can you please tell him not to do that?
No empujar en la fila = No empujes…

Los Mandatos – Irregulares

Vamos a practicar los verbos con estas canciones 

Irregular Spanish Verb Songs: Imperative (Informal – tú Commands)

Irregular Spanish Verb Songs: Imperative (Formal Commands)

¡Arriésguese, abra la boca y cometa errores!

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