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Reflexive verbs - présent (practice)

What is a reflexive verb?

Reflexive or pronominal verbs are so called because the subject (who does the action) is also the direct object (who has the action done to them) ex: I wash myself. In French, they are called verbes pronominaux or verbes réfléchis.

The conjugation of these verbs follows the same patterns as any other verbs. The difference is in the use of the extra pronoun, or reflexive pronoun, which matches the subject.

Subject pronouns + reflexive pronouns

Here are the subject pronouns and their corresponding reflexive pronouns.

Subject pronounsReflexive pronounsTranslation of reflexive pronouns
je
tu
il
elle
on
nous
vous
ils
elles
me
te
se
se
se
nous
vous
se
se
myself
yourself
himself
herself
oneself/ourselves
ourselves
yourselves
themselves
themselves

NOTE: me, te and se become m', t' and s' in front of a vowel or a silent h.

Se laver (to wash oneself)

Other reflexive verbs

Se réveiller (to wake up) Se coucher (to lie down)
Se lever (To stand up/get up) S’habiller (to dress oneself)
Se reposer (to have a rest) Se regarder (to look at oneself)
Se faire un café (to make oneself a coffee) Se prendre en photo (to take a picture of oneself)
S’appeler (to call oneself) S’énerver (to get annoyed)
Se fâcher (to get angry) Se casser la jambe (to break a leg)

Practice

In the following sentences, conjugate the reflexive verbs between brackets using the present tense.

  1. Charlotte ____________ dans le miroir. (se regarder)
  2. Nous ____________ car le voyage est long. (se reposer)
  3. Vous ____________ en pirate pour la fête. (se déguiser)
  4. Tu ____________à quelle heure ? (se lever)
  5. Je ____________ tous les jours à 22 h. (se coucher)
  6. Charlotte et Tom ____________ un café. (se faire un café)
  7. Je ____________ Alexa. (s'appeler)
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