Reflexive Verbs

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Spanish Reflexive Verbs are explained showing how the pronoun changes and is moved as the verb is conjugated into present tense.

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Reflexive Verbs:

Reflexive Verbs

What are reflexive verbs?:

What are reflexive verbs? Reflexive verbs are special verbs in which the doer of the action and the receiver of the action are the same person. For example: vestirse means to dress one’s self. The person doing the dressing is putting the clothing on him/herself. If the person were dressing a baby it would not be reflexive.

Examples of Spanish reflexive verbs:

Examples of Spanish reflexive verbs Levantarse -- The person is getting himself up. Cortarse el pelo – the person is cutting her own hair rather than going to the salon. Lavarse la cara – The person is washing his own face.

What is not a reflexive verb?:

What is not a reflexive verb? Comer – One eats food rather than oneself. Escribir – One writes words not oneself. Bailar – One dances a dance not oneself.

What do reflexive verbs look like?:

What do reflexive verbs look like? Reflexive verbs are made up of two parts: the verb and a pronoun: The infinitive that we see in the dictionary has the pronoun “se” attached at the end: vestirse , levantarse , cepillarse . In real life, the pronouns change, even on infinitives, to match the doer of the action. Verb pronoun despertar se

Let’s review the first reflexive verb you learned: llamarse:

Let’s review the first reflexive verb you learned: llamarse On your first day of Spanish I you were asked, “¿ Cómo te llamas?” You learned quickly to say, “Me llamo Marcos.” You didn’t know it then, but this was your first reflexive verb.

How are reflexive verbs conjugated?:

How are reflexive verbs conjugated? The infinitive conjugates just like any other verb. It may be regular, stem-changing, or irregular. The pronoun, when we conjugate, is moved to the front of the verb and is changed to match the doer of the action.

The reflexive pronoun forms:

The reflexive pronoun forms me nos te os se se Reflexive Pronouns When we conjugate reflexive verbs, we always place the reflexive pronoun that matches the verbs subject in front of the verb. So, if I am to subject of the sentence than the pronoun me would be placed in front of the yo form of the verb

What is the process?:

What is the process? -o - amos -as - áis -a -an Regular – ar verb endings Reflexive pronouns me nos te os se se Let’s conjugate the reflexive verb l evantarse . levantar se Me levant o o Se levanta Nos levantamos Os levantáis Se levantan Te levantas

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