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Common Reflexive Verbs

A reflexive verb is one where the same person does and receives the action, that is to say there are no outside forces. In English, this is similar to "myself" or "yourself".

1.  Reflexive Pronouns- The following pronouns are used with reflexive verbs:

Spanish

English

Me

Myself

Te

Yourself

Se

His/herself

Nos

Ourselves

Se

Themselves

 

Reflexive pronouns:

  • Typically precede verbs - For example, Meacuesto (I'm going to bed).
  • Follow positive commands - For example, Acuéstate (Go to bed).
  • Are used after "no" and before the reflexive verb in a negative setence. For example, Yo no me lavé esta mañana (I didn't wash myself this morning).

2.  Reflexive Verbs - Reflexive verbs are usually identified with "se" at the end of the infinitive (e.g., bañarse). Conjugation of reflexive verbs does not change. The only difference is the use of the reflexive pronoun. For example,

  • Yome levanto para salir (I get up to leave).
  • Tú te levantas para salir (He gets up to leave).
  • Él se levanta para salir (He gets up to leave).
  • Nosotros nos levantamos para salir(We get up to leave).
  • Ustedes se levantan para salir
  • Ellos se levantan para salir(They get up to leave).