Spanish Grammar/Reflexive pronouns

           Reflexive Pronouns and Reflexive Verbs

Reflexive pronouns are pronouns that are attached to reflexive verbs. Some examples of reflexive verbs are:

lavarse – to wash onesrself

ducharse – to shower (onesrself)

peinarse – to brush one's hair

hablarse – to talk to oneself

All these examples end in –se because they're reflexive. Se is the reflexive pronoun. It translates to "oneself," "himself," "herself," or "yourself".

                                   Reflexive Pronouns.

                                   singular                                                                        plural

1st person               me (me)                                                            nos (us)

2nd person              te (you)                                                             os (you (plural informal))

3rd person               se (him/her/you (formal)                                  se (them/you (plural formal))


                 (1) Ye me lavo las manos. – I wash my hands.

                 (2) Ella se peina. – She brushes her hair.

                 (3) El se habla. – He talks to himself.

Compare the above reflexive sentences with non-reflexive sentences:

                 (1) Yo lavo el perro. – I wash the dog.

                 (2) Ella peina el caballo. – She brushes the horse.

                 (3) El habla con sus padres. – He speaks with his parents.