How to Conjugate Reflexive Verbs

If you want to learn how to conjugate reflexive verbs in Spanish, you are in the right place.

In the list of the most common reflexive verbs that we studied earlier, you could probably see that all reflexive verbs ended in SE.

To conjugate a verb in the reflexive form, we must follow 3 simple steps.

3 Steps to Conjugate a Spanish Reflexive Verb

STEP 1 :
Remove the SE from the verb (temporarily) and make it match the person who does the action:
levantarSE  levantar
()     ducharSE: duchar()     irSE: ir()

Make the reflexive pronoun SE match the person:
Yo me      Tú te     Nosotros nos      Vosotros os
And the rest uses SE: Usted, él, ella, ustedes, ellos, ellas se

So so far we have something like this:
Yo me (levantar)            tú te (levantar)       Nosotros nos (levantar)     Vosotros os (levantar)
Usted, él, ella, ustedes, ellos, ellas se (levantar)

Conjugate the verb as usual in the tense of choice:

Yo me levanto. (Presente Simple)
Tú te  estás levantando. (Presente Progresivo)
Nosotros nos vamos a levantar tarde mañana. (Futuro)
Vosotros os hais levantado muy tarde hoy. (Presente Perfecto)
Usted, él, ella se levantaron muy temprano. (Pretérito)
ustedes, ellos, ellas se levantaban siempre media hora tarde. (Imperfecto)

This is just the bare minimum you need to know, but for a more complete and in-depth explanation, with plenty of examples, the following video is a must!

Conjugating Spanish Reflexive Verbs

In this video, I will show you my three-step formula to conjugate  Spanish reflexive verbs easily.

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For a list of the most Common Spanish Reflexive Verbs, click here. If instead you need to understand how  Spanish Reflexive Verbs work, click here. For some grammar practice, click here.


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