Reflexive + direct object (double pronouns)

Look at these cases combining direct object and reflexive pronouns:

 

Je me les lave tous les jours.
I wash them every day.

 

Tu te les brosses toutes les nuits.
You brush them every night.

 

Elle se l'est blessée pendant les vacances. (la jambe)
She hurt it during the holidays. (her leg)

 

Nous nous l'imaginons blonde aux yeux bleus.
We picture her blond with blue eyes.

 

Elles se les sont coiffées. (les cheveux) 
They combed it (their hair).

 

There are two important patterns to notice in these sentences that are different to English. 

1) the two pronouns both go before the verb:
 
Je me brosse les dents -> Je me les brosse.
I'm brushing my teeth -> I'm brushing them
 
2) The order is ALWAYS:
 
    me/te/se/nous/vous/se  (before)  le/la/l'/les
 

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Je me les lave tous les jours.
I wash them every day.


Tu te les brosses toutes les nuits.
You brush them every night.


Elle se l'est blessée pendant les vacances. (la jambe)
She hurt it during the holidays. (her leg)


Elles se les sont coiffées. (les cheveux) 
They combed it (their hair).


Nous nous l'imaginons blonde aux yeux bleus.
We picture her blond with blue eyes.


Q&A

Orietta

Kwiziq community member

19 August 2018

1 reply

exercises for relatie pronouns

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 August 2018

19/08/18

What's your question. 

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

26 July 2017

5 replies

Why is it not Je me les brosses (les dents) rather than je me les brosse?

Lisa

Kwiziq community member

27 July 2017

27/07/17

Hi J,
It's because the subject of the verb is 'Je'. So in English, it's 'I brush' and in French 'Je (me) brosse. The verb agrees with the subject and not the object (teeth). And brosser is regular, so Je brosse, etc.

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

28 July 2017

28/07/17

Merci bien, I had forgotten the reflex and was into the preceding direct object.. so easy to get lost in the maze.

Noeleen

Kwiziq community member

18 February 2018

18/02/18

Hi i too teplied je les couvres instead of je les couvre... 


so if ive understood corectly it would be tu les couvres 


elles les couvrent ?? 


Subject rather object

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

18 February 2018

18/02/18

Hi Noeleen,  you have, I believe, just upped the confusion stakes another level.  It is only the past participle of the verb that agrees with the preceeding direct object and then only when the auxiliary verb is avoir.  The être verbs in the passé composé agree with the subject.  In the present tense verb construction there is no agreement with the object so yes je les couvre, tu les couvres.  I think this is right but you definitely had me going for a minute.

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

18 February 2018

18/02/18

And of course I too had forgoten that.  Witness my original question.  Oh dear!

Sukanya

Kwiziq community member

4 August 2016

2 replies

I still have not understood the usage of double nous and vous

Nous nous l'imaginons blonde aux yeux bleus

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

4 August 2016

4/08/16

Bonjour Sukanya,

Reflexive verbs require a reflexive pronoun:

Je me lève, Tu te lèves, etc.

In the case of nous and vous, the reflexive pronoun is the same as the subject pronoun:

Nous nous levons, Vous vous levez.

The lesson you've responded to is fairly advanced; please take a look at this more basic one and let me know if you still have questions: https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/glossary/pronoun-type/pronoms-reflechis-reflexive-pronouns

Sukanya

Kwiziq community member

4 August 2016

4/08/16

merci beacoup!!
Let me take a look at that...