reflexive verbs and certain pronoun usage

rizhaider October 5, 2017, 2:19 am
in lesson 6.3

1. Me gusta trabajar. 
2. Me levanto a las seis de la mañana.

why isn't 1. 'me gusto trabajar'
and/or
why is 2. not 'me levanta a las seis de la manana'

what did i not understand correctly? ayuda, por favor


reflexive verbs and certain pronoun usage
Dan-H24 October 5, 2017, 12:10 pm
Thinking of the literal translation of reflexive phrases can help our English minds understand.

1. Me gusta trabajar does not literally translate to I like to work, although that is its meaning. The literal translation is It pleases me to work. That is why gustar is in the 3rd person singular present: gusta (he/she/it pleases).

2. Me levanto a las seis de la mañana translates to I get (myself ) up at 6 in the morning. So in this case levantar is in the 1st person present singular.

Dan
reflexive verbs and certain pronoun usage
the-hefay February 12, 2018, 8:26 pm
Good explanation Dan.  I would just like to add that gustar ​ is not reflexive, but levantarse ​is.

​Me levanto - reflexive
​Te levanto - not reflexive
​Me levantas - not reflexive
​Se levanta - reflexive

​reflexive happens when the subject and the object are the same.
reflexive verbs and certain pronoun usage
Dan-H24 February 13, 2018, 11:24 am
Jeff: thanks for the clarification. I was careless in using the word reflexive.

Cambiando de tema, ¡felicitaciones en tú y tu esposa nueva! Estoy alegre para ti.
Saludos,
Dan
reflexive verbs and certain pronoun usage
the-hefay February 13, 2018, 1:31 pm
Muchas gracias Dan.
 
reflexive verbs and certain pronoun usage

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