In this French grammar lesson we will learn about reflexive verbs conjugation in the passe composé.
In this lesson you will learn about:
- how reflexive verbs in the passé composé are conjugated
- how reflexive verbs in the passé composé are used in sentences
- how you can immediately test your knowledge on reflexive verbs conjugation in the passé composé
- how reflexive verbs conjugation in the passé composé Anki files can be downloaded
Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar if you are curious about how reflexive verbs fit in French A2 grammar.
Please read up on reflexive verbs in the present tense if you feel like you need a refresher on reflexive verbs.
By the end of the lesson you will know all about reflexive verbs conjugation in the passé composé.
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Reflexive Verbs Conjugation in the Passé Composé
Reflexive Verbs Conjugation Method
This section will show you the method for reflexive verbs conjugation in the passé composé.
In French some verbs have “se” in front of them. These verbs need to be conjugated differently than normal verbs (those without the “se”). When we conjugate a reflexive verb, we also have to conjugate the pronoun.
There is a three step method that will make everything very easy for you
In order to conjugate reflexive verbs in the passé composé one needs to:
- Find the right pronoun
- Find the correct form of être in the present tense
- Find the right past participle for the verb
In the conjugation table above you can see the the 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.
Because we are conjugating in the “je” form we will take “me“
The I form for être is suis.
The past participle of lever is levé.
So if we wish to say “I got up” we must say:
Je me suis levé
If the speaker had been a girl it would have been:
Je me suis levée
This is because verbs which need être in the passé composé have to agree in both gender and number with the subject.
Here’s a useful table which will help you to remember the endings.
Example Sentences with Reflexive Verbs Conjugation in the Passé Composé
The final section of this lesson on reflexive verbs conjugation in the passé composé is about seeing reflexive verbs in action.
This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of reflexive verbs conjugation in the passé composé through examples.
Je me suis levé très tard ce matin.
I got up very late this morning.
Tu t’es couché à quelle heure, hier ?
What time did you go to bed yesterday?
Elle s’est habillée et est allée dehors.
She got dressed and went outside.
Nous nous sommes assis là-bas.
We sat over there.
À quelle heure vous êtes-vous levé aujourd’hui ?
What time did you get up today?
Elles se sont amusées avec nous.
They had fun with us.
Test Your Knowledge on Reflexive Verbs Conjugation in the Passé Composé
It’s not enough just to read the lesson on this subject.
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 test as many times as you want. There’s no limit to it!
Anki File for Reflexive Verbs Conjugation in the Passé Composé
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