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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristen730757

Can reflexive pronouns in sentences with double verbs go at the end of the second verb?

Let's take the sentence "You can get up"

In Spanish, it could be "Tu te puedes levantar" OR "Tu puedes levantarte"

In French, Duolingo has it as "Tu peux te lever."

Could it be "Tu peux leverte"?

May 19, 2020

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vu7xENbj

Why would you want to use Spanish sentence structure in the French language? (Peux-tu te lever?)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristen730757

I dunno, just a question I thought of.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/9DUJZ1YP

Maybe because they are both romance languages? :)

But no you can't in French, the rule apply only in Spanish and in Italian (and maybe in other romance languages). In French, te only comes before the verb.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GScottOliver

It can be done in Portuguese, but a hyphen is required: levantar-se.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoanLynch

Tu puex te lever. I don't think that is a complete idea. It says you can get yourself up, I think that it refers to getting up from bed. The te goes before the reflexive verb, not after.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SmashCookie

It's a phrase, you don't need anything else to create a unit of meaning.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SmashCookie

Well that Spanish structure don't exist in French, but you do use reflexive pronouns at the end in the imperative conjugation "leve-toi" "leve-lui" etc.

Also be careful to don't mess up prepositions like "de", "en", that are used differently in esp-fr.

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