How to use Reflexive verbs in Spanish?

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In Spanish we have Reflexive verbs that are used when the subject performs the action on themselves. For example, “me baño ” means “I bath myself.”

Here are the steps to use reflexive verbs in Spanish:

  • Identify the reflexive pronoun that corresponds to the subject of the sentence: me (myself), te (yourself), se (himself/herself/itself), nos (ourselves), os (yourselves), se (themselves).
  • Place the reflexive pronoun before the verb. For example, “me lavo” (I wash myself), “te peinas” (you comb your hair), “se siente” (he/she/it feels), “nos relajamos” (we relax), “os acostáis” (you all go to bed), “se levantan” (they get up).

Conjugate the verb according to the subject. For example, “yo me lavo” (I wash myself), “tú te peinas” (you comb your hair), “él/ella/usted se siente” (he/she/you feel), “nosotros/nosotras nos relajamos” (we relax), “vosotros/vosotras os acostáis” (you all go to bed), “ellos/ellas/ustedes se levantan” (they get up).

Some common reflexive verbs list in Spanish include:

  1. Levantarse (to get up)
  2. Acostarse (to go to bed)
  3. Lavarse (to wash oneself)
  4. Peinarse (to comb one’s hair)
  5. Vestirse (to get dressed)
  6. Despertarse (to wake up)
  7. Sentirse (to feel)
  8. Relajarse (to relax)
  9. Preocuparse (to worry)
  10. Divertirse (to have fun)

Remember that reflexive verbs are very common in Spanish, so it’s important to practice and get comfortable with them in order to speak the language fluently.

“Levantarse” means (to get up) 

Conjugation of levantar verb in present tense in Spanish

*Note :- When conjugating reflexive verbs, the reflexive pronoun must agree in person and number with the subject pronoun.

Singular:

Yo me levanto (I get up)

Tú te levantas (You get up)

Él/Ella/Usted se levanta (He/She/You gets up)

Plural:

Nosotros/Nosotras nos levantamos (We get up)

Vosotros/Vosotras os levantáis (You all get up)

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes se levantan (They/You all get up)

Here’s the breakdown of the reflexive pronouns used with each subject pronoun:

Yo (I): me

Tú (you singular informal): te

Él/Ella/Usted (he/she/you formal): se

Nosotros/Nosotras (we): nos

Vosotros/Vosotras (you all informal): os

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (they/you all formal): se

If you want to see more conjugation of reflexive verbs, read more articles published on immerseinspanish.

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