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Una explicacin Reflexive Verbs Verbos Reflexivos What is a reflexive verb? A verb is reflexive when the subject and the object are the same. This means that the person doing the action also receives the action. When people do something to or for themselves, a reflexive verb is required in Spanish. The same verb can be both reflexive and non-reflexive. REFLEXIVE lavarse to wash oneself

La mujer se lava la cara. The woman washes her face. NON-REFLEXIVE lavar to wash La mujer lava el carro. The woman washes the car. Otro ejemploanother example REFLEXIVE NON-REFLEXIVE mirarse to look at oneself mirar to look at, watch El beb mira la televisin. The baby watches TV.

El beb se mira en el espejo. The baby looks at himself in the mirror. Characteristics of a reflexive verb These verbs end with a reflexive pronoun (se) in the infinitive form baarse = to bathe oneself afeitarse = to shave oneself maquillarse = to put makeup on oneself They are commonly (but not always) used when an action is performed to the body secarse el pelo = to dry one's hair lavarse las manos = to wash one's hands pintarse las uas = to paint one's nails

How do they translate in English? Sometimes they translate well into English and you will see the reflexive pronoun in the sentence. Yo me miro en el espejo. = I look at myself in the mirror. Sometimes they do NOT translate well into English and the reflexive pronoun is not used in the translation (although it still appears in Spanish). Yo me cepillo los dientes. = I brush my teeth. *Notice I didnt say, I brush myself my teeth. In English the reflexive pronoun is often implied. Hablemos de la conjugacin! Lets talk about conjugation! levantarse to get oneself up 1. Pretend the se is not there for a moment and look at the verb in the infinitive form = levantar. Conjugate that verb.

levantarse to get oneself up yo t l, ella, Ud. levanto levantas levanta nosotros vosotros ellos, ellas, Uds. levantamos levantis levantan Hablemos de la conjugacin! Lets talk about conjugation!

levantarse to get oneself up 2. Now go back and add the reflexive pronoun in BEFORE the conjugated verb. The reflexive pronoun will need to change to match the subject. levantarse to get oneself up yo t l, ella, Ud. me levanto te levantas se levanta nosotros vosotros ellos, ellas, Uds. nos levantamos os levantis se levantan

What does that reflexive pronoun mean? *It shows who is receiving the action me = myself te = yourself se = himself, herself, itself nos = ourselves os = yourselves se = themselves, yourselves levantarse to get oneself up yo t l, ella, Ud. me levanto

te levantas se levanta nosotros vosotros ellos, ellas, Uds. nos levantamos os levantis se levantan In context levantarse to get oneself up yo me levanto t te levantas

l, ella, Ud. se levanta Yo me levanto a las seis. nosotros vosotros ellos, ellas, Uds. nos levantamos os levantis se levantan Nosotros nos levantamos a las seis. I get (myself) up at six. We get (ourselves) up at six.

T te levantas a las seis. Vosotros os levantis a las seis. You get (yourself) up at six. Pablo se levanta a las seis. Pablo gets (himself) up at six. You all get (yourselves) up at six. Ellos se levantan a las seis. They gets (themselves) up at six.

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