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<< narubeku | nashi >>

なさい [なさい] (nasai)
    Meaning: Informal Imperative (request form)
    Example: Sit down.
    JLPT Level: 3
    Category: grammar
    Author: Amatuka

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Drop the ーます from the ーます form and add なさい to make this form. 
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ex #1247   「一人で間違えずに歌える自信のある人だけ座りなさい。」と指示しました 
[The teacher] directed that (just) people who had the confidence that they could sing, on their own, without error should sit down.  
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(dc)
ex #1248   早くしなさい。 
Do it quickly.  
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(bamboo4)
ex #3127   好い加減にしなさいよ。 
Shape up!  
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(KotatsuSama)
ex #7009   野菜を食べなさい 
Eat your vegetables!  
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(hua)
ex #7010   座りなさい 
Sit down.  
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(hua)

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AmatukaI guess this is half way between a 'polite command' and a 'fairly forceful request'. 
Amatuka[V-masu base] + nasai 
Amatuka'[The teacher]' isn't explicitly in the Japanese version, but the English might look odd without it.

'(just)' wouldn't be natural in the English - the だけ in the Japanese doesn't explicitly tranlate.
 
MikiThe Japanese translation is quite nice except the tense.
「…。」と、(先生は)指示しました/指示した。
 
dcthanks, updated.. 
bamboo4In the English version of the first example, perhaps "just those" instead of "(just) people."
Also, I don't know how they do it in schools abroad, but in Japan, the teacher normally says "should stand up" instead of "should sit down."
 
anonThe coloring in ex #1248 is very confusing. The 'し' looks to be part of '早く', which is not the intention, if I understand correctly. 
dcfixed. 

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