Japanese Verb Conjugation - Imperative

Most of the imperative forms are characterized by the final u becoming e.

Type Becomes Examples Imperative
Irregular verbs
する suru しろ shiro

せよ seyo
(せ se)

勘弁する kanben suru

愛する aisuru (love)

勘弁しろ kanben shiro

勘弁せよ kanben seyo
愛せ aise

来る kuru 来い koi
くれる kureru くれ kure
masu stem -ませ -mase いらっしゃいます irasshaimasu (come, go) いらっしゃいませ irasshaimase
da (copula) であれ de are
Regular consonant stem (v5) verbs
-う -u -え -e 使う tsukau (use) 使え tsukae
-く -ku -け -ke 焼く yaku (grill) 焼け yake
-ぐ -gu -げ -ge 泳ぐ oyogu (swim) 泳げ oyoge
-す -su -せ -se 示す shimesu (show) 示せ shimese
-つ -tsu -て -te 待つ matsu (wait) 待て mate
-ぬ -nu -ね -ne 死ぬ shinu (die) 死ね shine
-ぶ -bu -べ -be 呼ぶ yobu (call) 呼べ yobe
-む -mu -め -me 読む yomu (read) 読め yome
-る -ru -れ -re 走る hashiru (run) 走れ hashire
aru special class (v5aru)
-る -ru -い -i いらっしゃる irassharu

なさる nasaru

いらっしゃい irasshai

なさい nasai

Regular vowel stem (v1) verbs
-いる -iru, -える -eru -いろ -iro, -いよ -iyo

-えろ -ero, -えよ -eyo

着替える kigaeru (change clothes) 着替えろ kigaero

着替えよ kigaeyo

  • The rule for polite verbs ending in -ru applies to the consonant-stem honorific verbs irassharu, ossharu, kudasaru, gozaru, and nasaru, whose imperative forms are the same as their irregular i forms.


The imperative form is used

  • in orders, such as in the military, or to inferiors, or in textbook exercises,
  • in set phrases such as nani shiro: "no matter what".
  • in reported speech, where a polite request may be reported using a plain imperative: kashite kudasai (direct) kase to iwareta (he told me to lend it to him).

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