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no te preocupes?

nohabloSpanish NoviceMon, 13 Feb 2006 16:33:19 +0000
Hola. In the "Conversación en español" section of this forum, I wanted
to tell someone not to worry. I said "no te preocupes," mostly
because myBig Red Book of Spanish Verbsgives that as an example.
However, I wonder why that's correct. I thought that to form the
imperative for tú, you drop the -s of the present tense form. (Indeed,
that's also what the Big Red Book says in its grammar section.) Can
someone explain to me why "no te preocupes" is correct?

Muchas gracias.
RandySpanish NoviceMon, 13 Feb 2006 21:09:28 +0000
Hi nohablo,

It's because a negative command conjugates differently than an affirmative command. I just learned this recently myself.

nohabloSpanish NoviceMon, 13 Feb 2006 21:35:10 +0000
Hola Randy. Thanksverymuch! I can't believe that I completely ignored the information about negative command forms, which was on thesame pageinThe Big Red Book of Spanish Verbsthat I consulted. Duh.... (¿Cómo se dice "duh..." en español? )
MariposaSpanish NoviceWed, 15 Feb 2006 14:10:37 +0000
(¿Cómo se dice "duh..." en español? )

Se dice ... "¡DUH!"
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