Verbs in the imperative


Finite verb in the first position

In the imperative or command form the finite verb is usually the first element. This pattern applies to all three imperative forms in German:

Setz dich! Sit down! (du form)
Esst nicht so viel! Don’t eat so much! (ihr form)
Notieren Sie das! Write this down! (Sie form)

When used in connection with another verb, the second verb normally moves to the end:

Geh jetzt einkaufen!
Go shopping now!