Spanish Reflexive Verbs - Pronominal Verbs   By Ron Slone

Resources Spanish Grammar Pronominal Verbs Reflexive Verbs
Overview

Whenever the subject of the sentence (the doer of the action) and the object of the sentence (the receiver of the action) refer to the same person, we use the reflexive form of the verb. They are always accompanied by a reflexive pronoun.

  • I dress myself every morning. (Reflexive)
  • I dress my son every morning. (Non-reflexive)

When the action remains in the verb itself and it uses a reflexive pronouns, we call it quasireflexive verbs. The infinitive form of a reflexive/quasireflexive verb is written with the reflexive pronoun "se".

lavarse - to wash oneself
bañarse - to shower
peinarse - to comb one's hair

Example sentences using reflexive and quasireflexive verbs:

Él se lava.
He washes himself.
Me llamo Jennifer.
My name is Jennifer.
Se llama Rebecca.
Her name is Rebecca.
Ustedes se quedan en casa.
You all stay home.
Tú te acuestas.
You lay down.
Nosotros nos peinamos.
We comb ourselves.
Yo me lavo los dientes.
I brush my teeth.
Ella se baña con agua fría.
She showers with cold water.

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