Reflexive verbs – actions where the effect of the action falls back onto the subject or do‑er of the action – are a common challenge for learners. Have no fear though, these work like everything else you have learned up to this point, and they even have handy pronouns built in to help keep track of who’s doing what.
Let’s see a quick example. We can start with a verb we know well, hablar:
You will likely see the most common reflexive verbs’ infinitives written infinitive+se, like hablarse. Now we’re ready to see how to form them.
Let’s look at the general formation of reflexive verbs.
Take a look at the translations here; they all work a little differently! Yo me baño gives us a pretty direct translation to English: I bathe myself. Lots of verbs related to one’s daily routine work this way. But aburrirse and comerse work a little differently:
A lot of the Spanish reflexive verbs translate to English phrasal verbs with get, and many other verbs, like comer, while not literally reflexive, can use the reflexive form to increase the intensity of the action being done.
This is a pretty simple explanation–just enough to get you practicing. You will see more examples as you study with VerbMaster.
For the reflexive example sentences, we will show you reflexive forms of the verb compared to their non-reflexive forms to highlight how simple they can be.
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In this session, you’ll practice conjugating bañarse, comerse, and aburrirse in the present tense. So what are you waiting for? Get to studying, you’re on your way to becoming a VerbMaster!
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