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


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.


Q&A Forum 5 questions, 8 answers

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?

Asked 8 months ago

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

InmaKwiziq language super star

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

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?

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What are reflective verbs

Asked 8 months ago
SilviaKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

¡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.

What are reflective verbs

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promto

I thought pronto meant quick - so it actually mean early?
Asked 9 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

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

Thanks Imma

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

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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!

Asked 1 year ago
SilviaKwiziq language super star
¡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.

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!

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

Asked 1 year ago
SilviaKwiziq language super star

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

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

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

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