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Reflexive verbs

In Spanish there are many verbs that can occur with pronouns: me, those se, nos, os, se. Reflexive verb consists of a basic verb and return pronoun:

llamarse || to be called


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Examples of Reflexive verbs are: Wash, comb. Basic verb is inflected depending on conjugation.

Singular Plural
1. person me llamo my name is nos llamamos called
2. person te llamas Your name is os llamáis to be called
3. person se llama named se llaman they are called

Now sentences with these verbs:


Me llamo Paco y soy de Chile. My name is Paco and I am from Chile.
¿Cómo te llamas? What is your name (you)?
Tu hermana se llama Luisa. Your sister named Louis.
Nos llamamos Silvia y Francisco. We are called Silvia and Francesco.
Os llamáis Juan y Celia, ¿verdad? You are named Julia And Celia, right?
Mis perros se llaman Sol y Luna. My dogs are called Sol and Luna.


If the verb return occurs after another verb root, eg. To – poder, want – querer, tener que musieć-, take the form of the infinitive, but the pronoun return will change and adapt to the person we are talking about:

If the verb will appear after root verb eg.

  • be – poder
  • want to – querer
  • must – tener que

take the form of the infinitive, but the pronoun is changing and turning to adjust to the person we are talking about:

¿Puedes callarte? You can be silenced?
El niño no quiere lavarse. The child does not want to wash.
Tenemos que irnos. We have to go.


Here are some other reflexive verbs depending on the conjugations:

lavarse wash oneself
cerrarse close up
casarse marry
quedarse to stay

Let’s give one more example of the verb variety of I group – let it be Lavarse – wash:

Singular Plural
1. person me lavo I wash up nos lavamos wash out
2. person te lavas you wash up os laváis you wash up
3. person se lava washed se lavan wash out




Author: Lisa

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Comments (3)

  1. Diana says:

    I teach my students there can be two ways to translate in Spanish: literal translation and the meaning. I teach them that me llamo does not translate as “my name is”, rather, I teach them the literal translation: I call myself… This helps them make sense of the grammar concepts that involve them later. It cuts down on confusion.

    • Lisa says:

      Diana it’s good to learn in this way but not for everyone. Everyone likes something different and everyone learns differently.

  2. anna says:

    Really great article about reflexive verbs. Now I go to read other article, meaby someone have any other resource to learn Spanish online in home? :-)

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