Spanish for Educators- "Tú" Negative Commands in Spanish

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?

comportamiento behavior
recreo, almuerzo recess, lunch
cuando alguien está hablando when someone is talking
durante las presentaciones during presentations
en la fila in 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 hablo I speak
2. Drop the -O
Ejemplo: Habl
3. Add the following endings:
-AR verbs: add an -es = Ejemplo: No hables Don’t speak
-ER / -IR verbs: add -as = Ejemplo: No escribas Don’t write


 Don’t hit No pegar No pegues
 Don’t cut in line No cortar la fila No cortes la fila 
 No running in the halls No correr en los
No corras en los pasillos 
 Don’t leave the class
without permission
 No salir sin permiso No salgas sin permiso 
 Don’t scream  No gritar No grites 
 Don’t copy  No copiar No copies 
 Don’t say lies  No decir
No digas mentiras 
 Don’t do that  No hacer No hagas… 
 Don’t leave  No salir No salgas 
 Don’t touch  No tocar No toques 
 Don’t play  No jugar No juegues 

Verbs ending in -CAR, -GAR, -ZAR

These verbs require spelling changes in order preserve pronunciation

CAR: C changes to QU
tocar – no toques Don’t touch
GAR: G changes to GU
llegar – no llegues Don’t come
ZAR: Z changes to C
Empezar – no empieces Don’t start

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Los Mandatos – CAR, GAR, ZAR

To touch/ to play Tocar No toques
To look for… Buscar No busques 
To practice Practicar No practiques 
To arrive Llegar No llegues 
To play (games, sports) Jugar No juegues
To begin Comenzar No comiences 
To begin Empezar No empieces 
To cross Cruzar No cruces 

Los Mandatos – Irregulares tú negativos

Dar – to give Yo doy No des 
Estar – to be Yo estoy No estés 
ser – to be Yo soy No seas 
Ir – to go Yo voy No vayas 

Mandatos con pronombres

Affirmative commands
pronouns—> end of the verb
Negative commands
pronouns—> before the verb
Ponlo = put it on No lo pongas = don’t put that on
Hazlo = do it No lo hagas = don’t do it
Siéntate = sit down No te sientes = Don’t sit down
Levántate = get up / stand up No 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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