How to Negate Reflexive Verbs in French (Simple Tenses)

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In this grammar lesson, you will learn how to negate reflexive verbs in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to negate reflexive verbs in French
  • how negations of reflexive verbs are used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to negate reflexive verbs in French
  • how to practice with flashcards on how to negate reflexive verbs in French
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson, you will know all about how to negate reflexive verbs in French!

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How to Negate Reflexive Verbs in French

In this lesson I am going to use the ne (verb) pas negation, with both normal and reflexive verbs, to show you the difference between the two.

This will make it easier for you to understand how to negate reflexive verbs in French.

This is what a normal negation looks like:

  • ne (verb) pas = not

Il aime Madrid.

He likes Madrid.

Il n’aime pas Madrid.

He doesn’t like Madrid.

As you can see, the “ne…pas” is wrapped around the verb.

Negating with reflexive verbs is very similar:

  • ne + (me/te/se/nous/vous/se) + (verb) + pas

se lever

Elle se lève à 8 heures.

She wakes up at 8.

se lever

Elle ne se lève pas à 8 heures.

She doesn’t wake up at 8.

The same principle as before has been applied here.

The “ne…pas” is wrapped around the verb AND the reflexive pronoun.

Please take a look at the following sentences to get a practial understanding on how to negate reflexive verbs in French.

se souvenir

Je ne me souviens pas de ça.

I don’t remember that.

s’amuser

Tu ne t’amuses pas.

You are not having fun.

se maquiller

Elle ne se maquille pas.

She doesn’t wear make-up.

se laver

Vous vous lavez tous les matins ? – Non, je ne me lave pas tous les matins.

Do you wash yourself every morning? – No I don’t wash myself every morning.

se raser

Ils ne se rasent pas.

They don’t shave.

Examples Sentences on How to Negate Reflexive Verbs in French

The final section of this lesson on how negate reflexive verbs in French is about seeing the negation in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to negate reflexive verbs in French through examples.

se souvenir

Je ne me souviens pas de ça.

I don’t remember that.

s’amuser

Tu ne t’amuses pas.

You are not having fun.

Il aime Madrid. Il n’aime pas Madrid.

He likes Madrid. He doesn’t like Madrid.

se lever

Elle se lève à 8 heures. Elle ne se lève pas à 8 heures.

She wakes up at 8. She doesn’t wake up at 8.

se maquiller

Elle ne se maquille pas.

She doesn’t wear make-up.

s’habiller

Nous ne nous habillons pas comme tout le monde.

We don’t dress like everybody else.

se laver

Vous vous lavez tous les matins ? – Non, je ne me lave pas tous les matins.

Do you wash yourself every morning? – No I don’t wash myself every morning.

se raser

Ils ne se rasent pas.

They don’t shave.

Quiz Yourself on How to Negate Reflexive Verbs in French

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Fill in the Blank!se souvenir

Je de ça.

I don’t remember that.
Fill in the Blank!se maquiller

Elle .

She doesn’t wear make-up.
Fill in the Blank!se raser

Ils .

They don’t shave.

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