Conjugate reflexive verbs in El Presente (present tense)

To conjugate a reflexive verb in El Presente, you need to use the reflexive pronoun matching each person, and then conjugate the verb normally:

yo

me 

     + verb conjugated
      in El Presente

te

él, ella, usted

se

nosotros

nos

vosotros 

os

ellos, ellas, ustedes   

se

Look at these examples of Spanish reflexive verbs conjugated in El Presente (present tense):

Yo me maquillo todas las mañanas.
I put on my make-up every morning.

te peinas todos los días.
You comb your hair every day.

Ella se viste siempre de negro.
She always wears black.

Nosotros nos levantamos muy pronto.
We get up very early.

Vosotros os sentáis en el sofá todas las noches.
You sit on the sofa every night.

Ellos se miran en el espejo.
They look at themselves in the mirror.


In the dictionary, you’ll see the reflexive pronoun se attached at the end of the verb, here are some examples:
  • despertarse  (to wake up)
  • levantarse  (to get up)
  • vestirse   (to get dressed)
  • acostarse  (to go to bed / to lie down)
  • peinarse  (to comb one’s hair)
  • mirarse  (to look at oneself)

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Examples and resources

Vosotros os sentáis en el sofá todas las noches.
You sit on the sofa every night.


Yo me maquillo todas las mañanas.
I put on my make-up every morning.


Ellos se miran en el espejo.
They look at themselves in the mirror.


Nosotros nos levantamos muy pronto.
We get up very early.


Ella se viste siempre de negro.
She always wears black.


te peinas todos los días.
You comb your hair every day.


Q&A

Joseph

Kwiziq community member

17 January 2019

2 replies

Tú te peinas todos los días. You comb your hair every day. How come we do not use the word pelo in spanish for this instance?

Joseph

Kwiziq community member

17 January 2019

17/01/19

The word hair is missing while making the translation? No se?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

17 January 2019

17/01/19

Hola Joseph

Verb "peinarse" in Spanish means "to comb your hair"; the word "pelo" is implicit in the meaning of the verb.

Un saludo

Inma

Elaine

Kwiziq community member

1 January 2019

1 reply

What are reflective verbs

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

2 January 2019

2/01/19

¡Feliz Año Nuevo Elaine!

A verb is reflexive when the subject and object are the same.

For example:

I wash myself.

In the example above, "I" is the subject and "myself" the object. Since the subject and the object are the same, the verb is reflexive.

But, if you say:

I wash the T-shirt.

Here, "I" is the subject and "T-shirt" the object. Since the subject and the object are different, the verb is NOT reflexive.

Also, all reflexive verbs end by "-se" in the infinitive. For example, "llamarse" (to be called), "levantarse" (to get up) and "despertarse" (to wake up) are reflexive verbs.

I hope this explanation helps.

Un saludo,

Silvia.

britt

Kwiziq community member

9 December 2018

2 replies

promto

I thought pronto meant quick - so it actually mean early?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

10 December 2018

10/12/18

Hola Britt

Yes, "pronto" means early, as in "Me levanto pronto por la mañana" (I wake up early in the morning). However it could also mean "quick" in certain contexts, for example:

"¡Ven pronto! ¡Necesito ayuda!"

 (Come quick! I need help!)

Saludos

Inma

britt

Kwiziq community member

11 December 2018

11/12/18

Thanks Imma

Lyndsey

Kwiziq community member

23 May 2018

1 reply

Quiz question help... I thought I was getting it.. :/

No ___ das cuenta de lo que pasa.

How do I know if I am being asked to fill in the reflexive verb?Why wouldn't it be "no tu te das..." ?

Silly question I'm sure.. ¡Gracias!

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

23 May 2018

23/05/18

¡Hola Lyndsey! If you wish to include the subject pronoun in this sentence, the right order would be "tú no te das cuenta". The negation is placed in front of the reflexive pronoun. I hope this helps. Gracias, Silvia.

Margaret

Kwiziq community member

26 April 2018

2 replies

Please define a reflexive verb. Is it when someone does somethiing to or for one's self? Thank you.

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

26 April 2018

26/04/18

Hola Margaret!

A reflexive verb indicates that the action of a verb is performed by the same person it affects. This means that the subjects are doing something to themselves or to each other.

For example, in the sentence I wash myself everyday, I is both the person doing the action and the person it is done to.

I hope that this explanation helps you to understand better.

¡Hasta pronto! Silvia

Margaret

Kwiziq community member

1 May 2018

1/05/18

Hola, Silvia, and thank you for your explanation.  That was my understanding of the reflexive verb, but I did feel that I needed confirmation. I appreciate your help.

Margaret

Clever stuff underway!