Reflexive verbs. Les verbes pronominaux

Reflexive or pronominal verbs in French get their name because they love being alone ☺. Or, to be more precise, independent, they are translated into English with the help of pronouns -self or just using usual or phrasal verbs. It is important to remember that in French the pronoun is always placed before the verb and takes the form of the person which it refers to:
me, te, se, nous, vous, se. 



se souvenir, se rappeler

remember, recollect

se promener


se reposer

have rest, relax


Conjugation of reflexive verbs in the Present tense - Présent

It is also important to remember that in complex tenses (such as Passé composé) reflexive verbs are inflected with être:

Elle s’est lavé le visage. - She washed her face.
Tu t'es brulé l'index. - You burned your index finger.

Also, there are reflexive verbs, used with and without pronouns:

laver — se laver

wash, wash oneself

lever — se lever

pick up — go up

rencontrer — se rencontrer

meet / encounter

utiliser — s’utiliser

use, utilize

réveiller — se réveiller

wake smb up, wake up

And finally, the verbs that change meaning when a pronoun is present:


leave, abandon


fall for, relax


have some doubts

se douter




se plaindre


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