Reflexive Verbs

Verbes Réfléchis (Reflexive Verbs)

Reflexive verbs are any verb that is an action performed unto oneself. For example, you can wash a dog (not reflexive), or you can wash yourself (your hands/your hair/your face) (reflexive). In French:  “Je lave le chien” = “I wash the dog”  vs.  “Je me lave les cheveux”  =  “I wash my hair”. In the second sentence, the action is being performed by a person unto him or herself, therefore it becomes reflexive. To make a verb reflexive in French, you must include a reflexive pronoun.

Read more about reflexive verbs:

About.com explains reflexive/pronominal verbs

About.com explains the reflexive pronouns you must use with these verbs

Cliff’s notes gives you a quick overview of reflexive verbs and then a list of lots of them!

Quizlet gives you flashcards of the English and French of reflexive verbs, almost all of which you need to know for the quiz (maybe I should have put this in the game category, as it is more fun)

If you click on this link it will open a powerpoint for you to go through oh là là!

Tex’s French Grammar usually makes learning pretty interesting– check it out (you can also hear the verbs!)

Reflexive verbs are conjugated like other verbs in the present tense. You just have to remember to add the reflexive pronoun. In the past tense, they conjugate with etre!

 

 

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