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Help With Spanish Reflexive Pronouns

I seem to be having trouble with reflexive pronouns, particularly "Se". It seems that I am still unable to realize when it needs to go into a sentence or I put it in when it is not needed. I have redone the lessons numerous times. However, now it is to the point to where I just know the answers, which of course does not help me grasp the concept. I was wondering if anybody knows of any outside sources (maybe videos or of that nature) that could help me with this? I have already been to studyspanish.com and spanish.about.com and gone through them but it seems to not stick. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Skutir

I find this tricky as well, especially since some verbs can be reflexive or not (e.g., leer/leerse). We just have to memorize the most common reflexive verbs as infinitives, e.g., acostarse, despertarse. It helps to remember that pretty much any part of your personal care will be reflexive (showering, getting dressed, going to sleep and waking up, brushing your teeth, etc.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaelYehuda

Do you know of a website where there is a list of reflexive verbs?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skutir

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Spanish/Reflexive_Verbs

http://tinyurl.com/ntfcrwz

Hope that helps... I found a flashcard activity earlier but can't seem to find it now.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaelYehuda

Thank you for the links. I'm sure they will be very helpful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaelYehuda

Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
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You do know that "se" isn't always reflexive, right? It also gets used to make a passive or impersonal expression. So in "Se habla Español" the "se" is not reflexive. Also, when there are two clitic pronouns (direct and indirect) and both of them start with the letter l, the indirect one turns into "se". So "I gave it to her" becomes "Se lo di" not "Le lo di."

Otherwise, yeah, as others have said, you just learn verbs like "lavarse" as separate words.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaelYehuda

yes, I do know that "se" isn't always reflexive and that is another thing that keeps messing me up. I think that since "se" is such a foreign concept to a native English speaker. There should have been more than one lesson on it, that was stuck in the reflexive pronoun lesson. Also, greg you really just helped clear something up for me, I was wondering why it was "Se lo di" and now that makes sense.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaelYehuda

Just wanted to post this here for anybody that was having issues with "Se" that might come across this post. Great video, that really breaks down "Se" and all the different ways it can be used. It is a bit long but really clarifies every type of use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BKpNVyERHs

4 years ago
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