Can we help?
+33 (0) 4 50 79 08 38
We all speak English and French!Send an emailBook Now
When the subject does something to itself (when the subject and the object of the verb are the same) you have reflexivity.
The reflexive pronouns are used to denote this.
NB : me, te, and se become m’ , t’ and s’ before vowels and mute h
Je me regarde dans le miroir, horrifié.
I look at myself in the mirror, horrified.
Soudain, la moto s’arrête.
Suddenly, the motorcycle stops.
If the verb is followed by an object, if the object is a part of the subject, the reflexive pronouns are normally used.
Il se rase la barbe.
He shaves his beard off.
Almost always, verbs that are used reflexively can also be used non-reflexively.
Elle se lave – Elle lave son bébé.
She washed herself – she washes her baby.
Following are some verbs that are commonly used reflexively:
|to stop oneself
|to get up
|to hurt oneself
|to comb one’s hair
|to brush oneself
|to shave oneself
|to go to bed
|to wake up
|to get dressed
|to be located
|to wash oneself
|to be quiet
Reflexive pronouns are also used to express reciprocal exchanges:
Ils se parlent toute la nuit.
They talk with each other all night long.
Verbs of the mind (to feel, to anger, to remember) are naturally reflexive.
|to become angry
|to be interested in
|se souvenir de
|to be mistaken
Il ne se souvient pas de cette nuit.
He does not remember that night.
Nous nous sentons triste.
We feel sad.
The pronominal is sometimes used to create a passive sentence. The following sentences are clearly passive; There aren’t any other interpretations.
Les pommes de terre se cuisent à la vapeur.
Potatoes are cooked by steam.
Les glaces se vendent mieux l’été que l’hiver.
Ice cream sells better during summer than winter.
Now you can practice by talking about you, your feeling….
This month, we will not focus on a specific grammar point but on vocabulary! We are going to look at greetings in French. Here are the different ways to say “Hi” according to the time of the day and the person you are speaking to. salut hi…Continue Reading
Did you know the French can’t say ‘hedge-hog’ and the English struggle with ‘roi’. Read on to learn more English words the French can’t pronounce and also French words the English can’t pronounce. English tongue-twisters Thorough and Through “fuh-ruh” and “froo” The ‘th’ sound doesn’t exist in French,…Continue Reading
Just like everywhere else in the world, Father Christmas (known as Père Noël or Papa Noël in France) brings gifts to children who have been well-behaved on Christmas Day. The sapin de Noël (Christmas tree) is the main decoration in homes, streets, shops, and offices. On le Réveillon (Christmas Eve),…Continue Reading
The subject pronouns Tu and Vous can be quite confusing for English speakers when they are first learning French, considering we only have one subject pronoun to mean you in English. However, once you get your head around how to use it, you will see it’s not as difficult as…Continue Reading