Reflexive Verbs Conjugation in the Present Tense [+6 Examples]

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In this French grammar lesson, you will learn about reflexive verbs conjugation in the present tense.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • what reflexive verbs are in French
  • how reflexive verbs are conjugated in French
  • how reflexive verbs are used in sentences in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on reflexive verbs conjugation in French
  • how reflexive verbs conjugation Anki files can be downloaded

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 reflexive verbs conjugation in the present tense!

Table of Contents

What are Reflexive Verbs in French?

In French, there are some verbs that have the reflexive pronoun “se” in front of them.

When a verb has a “se” in front of it, the action is done to oneself.

These kind of verbs are called reflexive verbs.

To illustrate this, I will use a verb that can work as a normal verb and as a reflexive verb.

lever

Je lève mon verre.

I raise my glass.

se lever

Chaque jour, je me lève à 8 heures.

Every day I get up at 8.

In the first example, the speaker is raising a glass. The verb doesn’t apply to the speaker.

In the second example, the verb applies to the speaker. It means that the speaker him/herself is getting up. Therefore you use a reflexive verb.

How can you know when to use a reflexive verb or not?

If the verb is done to the speaker then it is generally safe to assume that you have to a reflexive verb.

When you start learning French more and more, it becomes easier to distinguish when to use one.

Can all verbs be used as reflexive verbs?

No, this only applies to some.

Here is a list of common reflexive verbs that you are sure to encounter in day-to-day life:

s’amuserto enjoy
se coucherto go to bed
se demanderto wonder
s’habillerto get dressed
se leverto get up

Reflexive Verbs Conjugation Table

subject pronounsreflexive pronounconjugated verb
jeme/m’conjugated verb
tute/t’conjugated verb
il/elle/onse/s’conjugated verb
nousnousconjugated verb
vousvousconjugated verb
ils/ellesse/s’conjugated verb

Reflexive Verbs Conjugation Method

This section will show you how to conjugate reflexive verbs.

There is a three-step method that will make everything very easy for you

In order to conjugate reflexive verbs in the present tense you have to:

  1. Find the infinitive (full verb)
  2. Add the right reflexive pronoun
  3. Conjugate the verb

In the conjugation table above you can see the reflexive pronouns. For this example, we will take “se lever” which means “to get up/to raise” in English.

We will take this verb and conjugate it in the “je” form using the three-step method.

  1. se lever

The full verb of “to get up” is se lever in French

  1. me lever

Because we are conjugating in the “je” form, we will take “me

  1. me leve

When we conjugate the verb we get an e ending, so its becomes leve

So if we wish to say “I get up” we must say:

Je me leve

Should the verb begin with a vowel or a silent h, then the procedure is slightly different.

In the je, tu, il/elle/on, and ils/elles form, we drop the “e” of the reflexive pronoun and replace it with an apostrophe.

To dress yourself in French is “s’habiller“.

Should you want to conjugate this in the “je” form then you can use the same exact procedure as above and you’d get:

Je mhabille

You can see that the me changes into m’ as the verb begins with a silent h.

Please note that it is WRONG to say: je me habille.

Example Sentences with Reflexive Verbs

The final section of this lesson on reflexive verbs conjugation is about seeing it in action, so you can improve your understanding of how reflexive verbs conjugation works in practice.

Here are some example sentences that show how reflexive verbs are used in French.

se lever

Chaque jour, je me lève à 8 heures.

Every day I get up at 8 a.m.

se coucher

Tous les soirs, tu te couches à 23:00.

Every night you go to bed at 23:00.

s’habiller

Elle s’habille comme ça tous les jours.

She dresses like that every day.

se demander

Nous nous demandons pourquoi ils sont si en colère.

We wonder why they are so angry.

se demander

Et vous vous demandez pourquoi je déteste le dentiste.

And you wonder why I hate the dentist.

s’amuser

Les gens s’amusent de différentes manières.

People have fun in different ways.

Quiz Yourself on Reflexive Verbs Conjugation

It’s not enough to just read 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 practice 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 Reflexive Verbs Conjugation

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.

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