"My cat doesn't have to wash itself."
Translation:Mi gato no tiene que lavarse.
So "se levar" is wrong. It has to be "lavarse?" I wrote, "Mi gato no tiene que se lavar," and got it wrong.
Object pronouns are either placed before a personal form of a verb (Conjugated verbs) or after an impersonal form of it (infinitive, gerundio, or, very rarely, a participle), so either of these two are correct:
- Mi gato no se tiene que lavar.
- Mi gato no tiene que lavarse.
"Lavarse" is the infinitive (all reflexive verbs in Spanish end in se). If you put the pronoun "se" in front of "lavar" you are conjugating in the third person. ie. el/ella/usted se lava. ellos/as/ustedes se lavan.
The important bit of information being that when a reflexive verb follows a preposition, it needs to be infinitive. "Que se lavar" isn't valid due to the preceding "que".
You are saying that lavarse is infinitive and se lavar is not? I'm still confused.
Yep! The infinitive of a reflexive verb is the one with "se" at the end. The conjugated form is the one with the reflexive pronoun in front.
Point of grammatical order: you still have to append the correct pronoun, even to the infinitive form of a reflexive verb. For example:
- I have to wash up. = Tengo que
(Not 'lavarse'. "Tengo que lavarse" would mean that I have to wash him, her, a pet or other living creature, you [Usted], or any combination thereof.)
"Tengo que lavarse" doesn't work at all, since se is always only reflexive (at least as long as se is the only object pronoun).
"I have to wash him/her/etc." would be "Tengo que lavarlo" or "Tengo que lavarla."
I understood the first half of your reply, you say... "you are conjugating in the third person." What the fudge does that mean? And why is it bad/wrong?
In this case, 'person' identifies who is performing the action, relative to the person talking about it.
First person: the speaker is involved in the action. (Singular: "I/me"; plural: "we/us".)
Second person: the person or people being spoken to are the ones involved. (Singular: "you"; plural: "you" or "you all".)
Third person: everyone else. (Singular: "he/him, she/her, it"; plural: "they/them".)
(Remember also that in Spanish, although 'Usted' technically means 'you', it's conjugated in the third person, same as 'él' and 'ella'.)
The point the OP was trying to make (similar to my response, which is currently below your post) is that both the verb conjugation and pronoun choice have to match both personhood and plurality, in both Spanish and English.
Surely " no tiene que" means must not. Doesn't have to in english means it is not necessary that..
The colloquial meaning of "no tiene que" is probably "must not," given that the colloquial meaning of "tiene que" is "must."