Icelandic Commands

Icelandic Commands: Imperative

Commands are far more common in Icelandic than in many other languages. This is due to the lack of the word please. Imperatives are used for even the most friendliest of situations, meaning that commands also act as requests.

Forming the imperative is very easy. Simply add –ðu to the verb.

When the stem of the verb ends in l, m, or n, -ðu becomes –du.

When the stem ends p, s, k, or t, -ðu becomes –tu.

If the stem already ends in dd or tt you will not add an extra d or t.

To form a plural imperative, add –iði.

Here are some irregular forms:

Be quiet – þegiðu

Be – vertu

Think – haltu

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