Hi Guys, Could you explain to me about words ending with 'se' and what affect it has on a word or verb? Many Thanks Stephen
Words ending with 'se'
April 20, 2010
April 25, 2010
A verb ending with "se" is called a reflexive verb. In other words it relates or reflects directly on the subject of the statement. Take for example lavarse. This is a reflexive verb in its infinite form and means to wash oneself. The verb lavar aso in its infinite form means "to wash". This could be your car, dog or floor for example. Both forms of the verb now need to be conjugated according to the subject. Reflexive verbs have a different set of subject pronouns. So if you are going to say I wash myself you would say "Me lavo". Note the verb is conjugated by dropping both the se and the ar and adding the o to show that you are the subject. If you are washing the car you would say (Yo) lavo el carro. "I wash the car". Note the Yo is not really required since the conjugation of lavar to lavo shows who is washing the car. I would suggest that you look at reflexive pronouns and their use in the same manner that you would study subject pronouns. I hope this helps.
April 26, 2010