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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cebuano Grammar: How to Use the Imperative Form of the Verbs

Whenever you see the table of conjugation of verbs, you will see a column for the imperative form.   How is the imperative form used?  Please take a look at the following examples:

Group 1

Eat up.             Kaon               Kaon, palihug          Please eat up.
Drink up.         Inom.              Inom, palihug          Please drink up.
Sit down.         Lingkod.         Lingkod, palihug     Please sit down.
Stand up.         Tindog.           Tindog, palihug          Please stand up.

Lets study each column found in Set 1.  The first column is a list of common English verbs, the second column is the imperative form in Cebuano.  In the third column, the word 'palihug' is added to each verb to make it more polite.  The word 'palihug' just like in English, can be placed at either before the verb or after the verb. 

Eat vegetables.        Kaon ug gulay/utan.
Drink milk.              Inom ug gatas.
Sit on the chair.       Lingkod sa siya.

If you notice in the set of sentences above, there are words added to the verb.  In the first sentence, kaon ug gulay/utan, the italicized part of the sentence is what you call the object of the verb.  The same is  true in the second sentence, but on the third sentence:  Sit on the chair, lingkod sa siya, the italicized part of the sentence is the adverb of place

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