Reflective pronouns + Exercises

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Reflective pronouns

 

 

Reflective Pronouns

The pronominal form = when the verb is preceded by a reflective pronoun.

Reflective pronoun = pronoun that represents the same person as the subject.

The subject does the action on himself.

 

Here is the table of reflexive pronouns

 1st person singular    JE

me / m’

 2nd person singular    TU

te / t’

 3rd person singular    IL/ELLE

se / s’

 1st person plural    NOUS

nous

 2nd person plural    VOUS

vous

 3rd person plural    ILS/ELLES

se / s’

 

Examples :

Je me perds dans la ville I’m getting lost in the city

Tu te perds dans la ville You’re getting lost in the city

Il se perd dans la ville He’s getting lost in the city

Nous nous perdons dans la ville → We’re getting lost in the city

 

Reflective pronoun : In the past

Reflective pronouns

A pronominal verb is always conjugated with the auxiliary ETRE in the past.

Examples :

Nous nous sommes (auxiliary ETRE) rencontrés par hasard. We met by chance.

Nous nous sommes (auxiliary ETRE) lavés les mains avant de passer à table. We washed our hands before going to dinner.

 

Reflective pronoun : 3 important expressions that use pronominal verbs

Reflective pronouns

  • Se faire malto harm one’s self 
    Je me suis fait mal au genou. I hurt my knee.
  • Se rendre compte de quelque choseTo realize something
    Je me suis rendu compte de mon erreur I realized my mistake / Je me suis rendu compte que je me suis trompé de chemin. I realized that I was wrong.
  • Se donner rendez-vousTo make an appointment
    On se donne rendez-vous ce soir à 23 heures devant le café ? → Do we meet tonight at 11 pm in front of the café ?

 

 

Reflective pronouns

Exercises

Conjugate these verbs in present tense

Example :

Je (se doucher) tous les soirs. → I (shower) every night.

Je me douche tous les soirs. → I shower every night.

 

Tu (se lever) vers 8 heures. → You (get up) around 8 o’clock.
…………………………………………………………………………………………….

Marie (se coucher) à 23 heures. → Marie (to go to bed) at 11 pm.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Nous (se téléphoner) tous les dimanches. → We (call each other) every Sunday.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Vous (ne pas se dépêcher) beaucoup ! → You (do not hurry) a lot!
……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Julien et Sylvie (s’inscrire) à l’université. → Julien and Sylvie (register) at the university.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Conjugate these verbs in the past tense

Examples :

Je (s’asseoir) sur le canapé. → I (sit down) on the couch.

Je me suis assis(e) sur le canapé. → I sat on the couch.

 

Tu (se maquiller) pour sortir. → You (put on makeup) to go out.

………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Le professeur (se procurer) un bon livre. → The teacher (get hold of) a good book.
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Nous (se laver) avant de partir. → We (wash) before leaving.
………………………………………………………………………………………………

Vous (s’arrêter) devant ce magasin. → You (stop) in front of this store.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Ils (se marier) en septembre. → They (get married) in September.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Answers

Conjugate these verbs in present tense

Je me douche tous les soirs. → I shower every night.
Tu te lèves vers 8 heures. → You wake up around 8 am.
Marie se couche à 23 heures. → Marie goes to bed at 11 pm.
Nous nous téléphonons tous les dimanches. → We call each other every Sunday.
Vous ne vous dépêchez pas beaucoup ! → You do not hurry a lot !
Julien et Sylvie s’inscrivent à l’université. → Julien and Sylvie register at the university.

 

Conjugate these verbs in the past tense

Je me suis assis(e) sur le canapé. → I sat on the couch.
Tu t’es maquillé(e) pour sortir. → You put makeup on yourself to go out.
Le professeur s’est procuré un bon livre. → The professor got a good book.
Nous nous sommes lavés avant de partir. → We washed before leaving.
Vous vous êtes arrêté(s) devant ce magasin. [If VOUS = one person, no S!] → You stopped in front of this shop.
Ils se sont mariés en septembre. → They were married in September.

 

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