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REFLEXIVE VERBS in Spanish

Updated: Feb 10

When the action “reflects” itself on the subject.


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In Spanish we have something called Reflexive Verbs. We use them when the effect of the action is “reflected” on the subject, so, on the person, animal, or thing that is performing that action.


For example:

  • Llamar > to call

  • Llamarse > to be named


So…

  • Hoy voy a llamar a mi amigo Carlos

  • Today I’m going to call mi friend Carlos


but…

  • Yo me llamo (llamarse) Claudio

  • Mi name is Claudio


You can recognize them for the “SE” attached to the infinitive form. You can conjugate them as normal verbs…, plus the “Reflexive Pronoun” as you can see here:


LLAMARSE

yo ME llamo

TE llamas

el / ella / usted SE llama

nosotros/as NOS llamamos

vosotros/as OS llamáis

ellos / ellas / ustedes SE llaman


As you can notice, here in the Present Tense, I’m using the Reflexive Pronouns before the verb, with a space in between:

  • TE llamas Mark

  • Your name is Mark


If you have more than one verb on your phrase, then we can put that “ME, TE, SE, NOS, OS, SE” attached to the end of the conjugated verb, just like this:

  • Ella quiere (verb #1) llamarSE (verb #2) Monica

  • She wants to be named Monica


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So…, in a phrase like this one:

“Queremos encontrarNOS con Sara”.


The sense is that the action of “meeting up” is reflected on us all. We meet up with Sara, and Sara meet up with us at the same time: “Queremos encontrarnos con Sara”.


I hope this will be useful for you, as well as for other people reading this blog!


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Qué tengas un maravilloso día!

Claudio

 
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