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Why do you have to add 'se' in 'se promener'?

Help please, I don't understand what 'se' means and why you have to put it before promener

February 14, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo

It is a reflexive verb.

February 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/alfredo_555

"se" is a reflexive pronoun, like in English "herself." It is used with reflexive verbs (actions that are done to yourself). https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/reflexive-verbs/

February 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TommyTrude1

''se'' is put in front of some verbs to explain your are doing it to yourself.

in french, the verb for "to walk" is "marcher", but then "taking a walk" is "se promener"

so

"Je promène mon chien" is " I walk my dog" "Je me promène" is litterally "I walk myself"

"Il lave sa voiture" is "he washes his car" "Il se lave" is "He washes himself"

February 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/aman.s

And can you say "se marcher" or is that incorrect?

February 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TommyTrude1

that's wrong; you'll either say "prendre une marche" which litterally means "taking a walk" or use the verb "se promener". they have the same meaning but I don't know if Duolingo would accept both

February 14, 2018
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