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se méprendre auxiliary verb: être or avoir?

MarenC1Kwiziq community member

se méprendre auxiliary verb: être or avoir?

Hello,

The lesson says that prendre and its derivatives take avoir as an auxiliary verb, including se méprendre. My understanding from previous lessons is that reflexive verbs takes être as the auxiliary. Can you please clarify? Thanks! 

Maren

Asked 4 years ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

You are absolutely correct: se méprendre requires the passé composé with être.

In the lesson, if you look carefully, you'll see that the comment about se méprendre addresses only its conjugation and not the use of avoir. It is easy to miss.

se méprendre auxiliary verb: être or avoir?

Hello,

The lesson says that prendre and its derivatives take avoir as an auxiliary verb, including se méprendre. My understanding from previous lessons is that reflexive verbs takes être as the auxiliary. Can you please clarify? Thanks! 

Maren

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