"He gets up at five every morning."
Translation:Él se levanta a las cinco todas las mañanas.
"Él se levanta" es cuando el se despierta en la mañana, y "Él levanta" es cuando él está levantando algo más, como una caja.
¡Gracias! What does "se" mean here? does it mean that the verb applies on the object of the sentence?
You are welcome. Indica que la acción que el sujeto realiza recae sobre él mismo.
Why is it "Él se levanta" instead of "Él se levanto" since it's "He gets up", not "She gets up"?
The ending of the verbs doesn't depends on the gender of the subject, it depends on the person (First, second, third).
But it is not talking about "cinco", "las cinco" means the five hours, and "hours"="horas" is femenine. I don't know if you are understanding. (Please correct me if I made a mistake)
Oh, I understand now, thanks! Basically, for time, you always use "a las".
Yes, like in this example: "Voy a llegar a las 8 pm."="I am going to arrive at 8 pm."
Gets (himself, yourself or herself) up. Closer probably to the other English way of saying it ---I rise at 6 am every morning.
the ´se´used here must be used according to Spanish grammar as the verb is performed by and carried out on the same entity.
you would also need to use ´se´ for reciprocal actions eg, ¨we talk to each other a lot (nos hablamos mucho).¨
I thought I was a smart guy, but this makes absolutely no sense to me. I'm with you on the first sentence and the first half of the second sentence, but then ... blank stare. I'd say you sound like you are speaking a foreign language, but .... ya. No sense to me.