In this Unit we will cover: Reflexive Verbs by: crest awanis
When a verb is reflexive, the infinitive ends in "se." lavar to wash (non-reflexive) lavarse to wash oneself (reflexive)
When you learned to conjugate regular verbs, you needed to learn a set of pronouns called "subject pronouns."
-lavar- yo -lavo tú -lavas él, ella, usted -lava nosotros/as- lavamos vosotros/as -laváis ellos, ellas, ustedes- lavan
The reflexive pronouns are not subject pronouns; rather they are object pronouns.
me (myself) te (yourself) se (himself, herself, yourself) nos (ourselves) os (yourselves) se (themselves, yourselves)
The purpose of the reflexive object pronouns is to show that the action of the verb remains with the subject.
Juan se lava la cara. Juan washes his face. (reflexive) Juan lava su carro. (non-reflexive) Juan washes his car. Note: When referring to body parts, use the definite article, thus "la cara" not "su cara."