Cover your head ! Couvrez-vous-la! OR Couvrez-la-vous!

ShreyA1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Cover your head ! Couvrez-vous-la! OR Couvrez-la-vous!

The verb used is “se couvrir” but would ‘la’ precede ‘vous’ ? 

Is it that “vous” here is a Reflexive Pronoun ? If so , there is a lesson stating at Kwiziq that reflexive pronouns precede direct object pronouns -

Reflexive + direct object (double pronouns)

I suppose that here vous behaves like an indirect object pronoun. Is this the justification?

Madame, please guide how to figure this out .

Merci encore . Cordialement, 

Shrey.

Asked 9 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

It is couvrez-vous-la ! -- Put on your hat! (more literally: cover your head)

As you point out, vous is the reflexive, since the verb is se couvrir. La is the pronoun for the direct object (la tête).

AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour à tous !

Indeed, here you are correct when you point out that "se couvrir" is the reflexive verb, therefore our question was incorrect.

We're so sorry about that, the question has now been removed to be replaced with an appropriate case :)

So, just to be clear, the correct sentence is :
Couvrez-vous la !

Merci beaucoup et bonne journée !

ShreyA1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Merci

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

For what it's worth, the answer that is accepted as correct in the test is "Couvrez-la-vous !"

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Aurélie, is this definitely correct? I would be interested on your opinions on this thread:

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/fr-imp%C3%A9ratif-and-reflexive-pronouns.913557/

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Maybe a more common example is:

Lavez-vous les mains. Lavez-les-vous.

If you google "lavez-les-vous" you can find this example in some textbooks, and a few adverts for things like Dove soap, Dettol etc.

Cover your head ! Couvrez-vous-la! OR Couvrez-la-vous!

The verb used is “se couvrir” but would ‘la’ precede ‘vous’ ? 

Is it that “vous” here is a Reflexive Pronoun ? If so , there is a lesson stating at Kwiziq that reflexive pronouns precede direct object pronouns -

Reflexive + direct object (double pronouns)

I suppose that here vous behaves like an indirect object pronoun. Is this the justification?

Madame, please guide how to figure this out .

Merci encore . Cordialement, 

Shrey.

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