Combining pronouns with verbs in the imperative

In the imperative mood, verbs with pronouns have the following characteristics:

• In affirmative phrases, pronouns (nous, vous, toi, etc.) are placed after the verb, separated by a hyphen (-).

Present (indicatif)Imperative (present)
Tu te lèves You get up
Nous nous levons We get up
Vous vous levez You get up
Lève-toi ! Get up!
Levons-nous ! Let's get up!
Levez-vous ! Get (yourself/yourselves) up!
Note: Me becomes moi, and te becomes toi.

• In negative phrases, the reflexive pronoun is placed before the verb.

Affirmative formNegative form
Lève-toi ! Get up!
Levons-nous ! Let's get up!
Levez-vous ! Get (yourself/yourselves) up!
Ne te lève pas ! Don't get up!
Ne nous levons pas ! Let's not get up!
Ne vous levez pas ! Don't get up!

Victor, lave-toi, coiffe-toi mais ne te rase pas. Victor, wash yourself, do your hair, but don't shave.
Embrassons-nous, aimons-nous mais ne nous marions jamais ! Let's embrace, let's love each other, but let's never get married!

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