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 sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to negate reflexive verbs in French.
  • how you can download Anki files for how to negate reflexive verbs in 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

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

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

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

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.

Anki File for How to Negate Reflexive Verbs in French

It is important to do the Anki exercises for this lesson so that you can better remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1, you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas. This is recommended as you will have every lesson that you need. You shouldn’t miss out on the complete learning experience!

You can also choose to just get the Anki File for French A1 Negations. This only has the negations for French A1.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or if you don’t know what Anki is, then please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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