How to use reflexive verbs

Jessy Fernandez     2020-05-29

Uses of reflexive in Spanish

REFLEXIVE VERBS

Reflexive verbs are much more common than in English, and many are used in everyday language. The infinitive form of a reflexive verb has se attached to the end of it, for example, llamarse (meaning to call oneself). This is the way reflexive verbs are shown in dictionaries. Se means himself, herself, itself, yourself, themselves, yourselves and oneself. Se is called a reflexive pronoun.

Present Tense of Reflexive Pronouns

Subject Pronoun

Reflexive Pronoun

Meaning

Yo

Me

Myself

Tu

Te

Yourself

El

Se

Himself

Ella

Se

Herself

Usted

Se

Yourself

Nosotros/as

Nos

Ourselves

Vosotros/as

Os

Yourselves

Ellos

Se

Themselves

Ellas

Se

Themselves

Ustedes

Se

Yourselves

 

He gets up early.

Él se levanta temprano.

He does not shave.

Él se afeita.

I shave daily in the morning.

Yo me afeito todos los días por la mañana.

 

Aburrirse                    -           To get bored

Acercarse                   -           To get close to

Acordarse de             -           To remember

Acostarse                   -           To go to bed

Acostumbrarse a      -            To get accustomed to / get use to

Afeitarse                    -            To shave

Aficionarse a             -            To become interested in

Alegrarse                   -            To become (be) happy

Bañarse                     -            To take a bath

Caerse                       -            To fall down

Cansarse de              -            To get tired of

Casarse con              -            To marry

Cepillarse                  -            To brush (hair,teeth)

Ducharse                    -           To shower

Enojarse                     -            To get angry

Lavarse                       -            To wash oneself

Levantarse                 -             To get up

Maquillarse               -              To put makeup on

  • nos, os and se are all also used to mean each other and one another.

We talk to each other.

Nos hablamos.

We love each other.

Nos queremos.

We do not know each other.

No nos conocemos.

  • Se is also used to talk about general idea or passive voice.

Aquí se vende té.

Tea is sold here.

Se habla español en España.

Spanish is spoken in Spain.

¿Cómo se dice “thanks” en español?

How do you say “thanks” in Spanish?

Se dice gracias.

They say Gracias. Or One says Gracias.

 

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