Reflexive verbs

DYLANA1Kwiziq community member

Reflexive verbs

Bonjour,

I understand that reflexive verbs are used like in english like "myself, yourself, ect" but I don't understand how some of the examples above are actually doing something to oneself. For example, above it says Le prisonnier s'échappe de la prison. How is this an action to oneself? To escape oneself?? Or how about "Nous nous étonnons de ses bonnes notes."? We amaze ourselves? Why is it a reflexive verb and not just conjugated in le present? Thank you!

Asked 2 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Dylan,

Some reflexive verbs are just so without having a reciprocal (se rencontrer) or reflexive (s'habiller).

Think of :

se dépêcher = to hurry

s'arrêter = to stop

se passer = to happen

s'apercevoir = to notice

s'étonner = to be amazed /to be surprised ( by something)

se méfier = to be wary of something

s'entendre = to get on ( with someone)

s'en aller = to leave/to go 

etc.

Hope this helps!

 

Reflexive verbs

Bonjour,

I understand that reflexive verbs are used like in english like "myself, yourself, ect" but I don't understand how some of the examples above are actually doing something to oneself. For example, above it says Le prisonnier s'échappe de la prison. How is this an action to oneself? To escape oneself?? Or how about "Nous nous étonnons de ses bonnes notes."? We amaze ourselves? Why is it a reflexive verb and not just conjugated in le present? Thank you!

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