Can you please give an example of when to use the reflexive version?

DonovanB2Kwiziq community member

Can you please give an example of when to use the reflexive version?

"j'ai aperçu" versus "je me suis aperçu"

Is it the difference in just passively "seeing" something and actively "noticing" or what else??

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Donovan,

Apercervoir means to notice, to see, to spot ...

Apercevoir is a physical thing associated with sight.

S'apercevoir means to realise,  to discover, to notice something , it is a mental activity.

e.g. 

J'ai cru l'apercevoir au loin I thought I saw him in the distance

J'ai aperçu un rat dans mon jardin = I spotted a rat in my garden

 

Je me suis aperçu/e qu'il me l'avait déjà donné I realised that he had given it to me already

Elles se sont aperçues des erreurs qu'elles avaient commisesThey realised the mistakes they had made

Hope this helps!

DonovanB2Kwiziq community member
Thanks!

Can you please give an example of when to use the reflexive version?

"j'ai aperçu" versus "je me suis aperçu"

Is it the difference in just passively "seeing" something and actively "noticing" or what else??

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