French Reflexive Verbs Lesson

French Reflexive Verbs Lesson

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Present tense

JE ME
  • VERB
TU TE
  • VERB
IL SE
  • VERB
ELLE SE
  • VERB
ON SE
  • VERB
NOUS NOUS
  • VERB
VOUS VOUS
  • VERB
ILS SE
  • VERB
ELLES SE
  • VERB

Passé composé tense – ÊTRE is helping verb

Using ÊTRE as helping verb in the passé composé lesson

JE ME SUIS
  • VERB + AGREEMENT
TU T’ES
  • VERB + AGREEMENT
IL S’EST
  • VERB + AGREEMENT
ELLE S’EST
  • VERB  + AGREEMENT
ON S’EST
  • VERB  + AGREEMENT
NOUS NOUS SOMMES
  • VERB  + AGREEMENT
VOUS VOUS ÊTES
  • VERB  + AGREEMENT
ILS SE SONT
  • VERB  + AGREEMENT
ELLES SE SONT
  • VERB  + AGREEMENT

 

Common French reflexive verbs

1 se réveiller to wake up
2 se lever to get up
3 se laver to wash up
4 se brosser les cheveux to brush your hair
5 se brosser les dents to brush your teeth
6 se peigner les cheveux to comb your hair
7 se maquiller to put on makeup
8 se raser to shave
9 s’habiller to get dressed
10 se déshabiller to get undressed
11 se promener to go for a walk
12 s’amuser to have a good time
13 se coucher to go to bed
14 se baigner to go for a swim
15 se sécher to dry off
16 se coiffer to style your hair
17 se dépêcher to hurry
18 se reposer to rest
19 se rappeler to remember
20 se fâcher to get angry
21 se préparer to get ready
22 se regarder to look at yourself
23 s’endormir to fall asleep
24 se tromper to be mistaken
25 se marier to get married
26 se perdre to get lost
27 se parfumer to put on perfume
28 se sentir bien to feel good
29 s’asseoir to sit down
30 se doucher to take a shower
31 s’excuser to excuse yourself
32 se demander to wonder

 

Examples

present tense Je me marie.

Tu te douches.

Il se sent bien.

Elle s’excuse.

On se demande.

Nous nous trompons.

Vous vous parfumez.

Ils se couchent.

Elles se lèvent.

I’m getting married.

You’re taking a shower.

He feels good.

She excuses herself.

We wonder.

We are mistaken.

You are putting on perfume.

They are going to bed.

They are getting up.

present + negation Je ne me rase pas.

Tu ne te peignes pas.

Il ne s’amuse pas.

Elle ne se prépare pas.

On ne se dépêche pas.

Nous ne nous habillons pas.

Vous ne vous lavez pas.

Ils ne se reposent pas.

Elles ne se rappellent pas.

I am not shaving.

You aren’t combing your hair.

He’s not having fun.

She’s not getting ready.

We aren’t hurrying.

We aren’t getting dressed.

You aren’t washing up.

They aren’t resting.

They don’t remember.

passé composé Je me suis fâché(e).

Tu t’es regardé(e).

Il s’est endormi.

Elle s’est coiffée.

On s’est baigné(e)(s).

Nous nous sommes séché(e)s.

Vous vous êtes perdu(e)(s).

Ils se sont promenés.

Elles se sont réveillées.

I got angry.

You looked at yourself.

He fell asleep.

She styled her hair.

We went for a swim.

We dried ourselves off.

You got lost.

They went for a walk.

They woke up.

passé composé + negation Je ne me suis pas maquillé(e).

Tu ne t’es pas déshabillé(e).

Il ne s’est pas assis.

Elle ne s’est pas amusée.

On ne s’est pas levé(e)(s).

Nous ne nous sommes pas lavé(e)s.

Ils ne se sont pas endormis.

Elles ne se sont pas baignées.

I didn’t put on makeup.

You didn’t get undressed.

He didn’t sit down.

She didn’t have fun.

We didn’t get up.

We didn’t wash up.

They didn’t fall asleep.

They didn’t go for a swim.

 

The «BODY PART» rule

Even though ÊTRE is used as helping verb in the passé composé with ALL reflexive verbs there is a very important exception to remember.
When using the passé composé with reflexive verbs:  If any BODY PART follows the PAST PARTICIPLE you do not make agreement between the subject and the past participle.
The body parts are actually just direct objects, but sometimes it’s easier to remember them as body parts. When using reflexive verbs in the passé composé, if there is a direct object involved it will be a body part given the nature of these verbs.
Elle s’est brossé les cheveux.
Since LES CHEVEUX is a body part we do not add an E to BROSSÉ even though the subject is feminine.

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