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With a subject "vosotros" why would the imperative ever be "a lavarse el pelo"?
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AlanB1Kwiziq community member
As I understand the lesson, with vosotros you do say "a lavaros". But if you don't want to be specific or you want to be polite, you use "a lavarse".
AlanB1Kwiziq community member
I want to modify my answer to your question! I interpret the lesson to mean you can use lavarse with any group of people (including 'vosotros' people) but you can also be more specific if you want to and use lavaros with vosotros people. I guess using lavaros with 'ustedes' people would be impolite ! 
InmaKwiziq team member

As Alan said on his first comment, using the specific pronoun "os" that refers to "vosotros" is also correct, but, as explained in the lesson, this structure "a + infinitive" is used in a more general way. When the verb is a pronominal one, e.g lavarse, and still using this structure in a general way, directed to people in general, you keep the general reflexive pronoun (se).

Here are other similar examples:

¡A ducharse!  Have a shower!

¡A peinarse! Comb your hair!

¡A concentrarse! Concentrate!

I hope this clarifies your doubt.

Inma

InmaKwiziq team member

Hi Alan

Thanks for your comments.

With formal pronouns usted or ustedes we don't use this structure, we would use the subjunctive form instead.

Inma

DougC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

"-os''  vs '-se'

I think I understand this, but to clarify, using 'se' in general has nothing to do with formal/informal? For example, in a quiz on this issue, the command was addressed to "niños..." and the answer required both versions as answers (os, se).  I thought, since it was addressed to kids (for example, a parent saying something), that the only correct answer would be "...os". So, using "se" is okay with any group?

Thanks

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Doug

Yes, you are right. The command with "se" at the end doesn't imply any formality. 

The difference between using -se or -os would be that the last one would be a bit more specific when you have a few people in front of you, these people being kids or adults, it doesn't matter, but both are equally correct.

Saludos

Inma

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