The agreement of the past participle of pronominal verbs
Nous nous sommes lavés. We washed ourselves (Who/what did we wash? → nous)
Exception: If there is a direct object COD before the verb then the past participle agrees with the COD.
Ils se sont parlé. They spoke to each other. (Ils ont parlé à qui ? Who did they speak to? → à se = à eux)
Les vacances qu’ils se sont offertes. The holidays that they bought themselves. (Se is a COI but here the COD is les vacances (Ils se sont offert quoi ? What did they buy themselves? → les vacances) which is placed before → therefore the past participle agrees with les vacances.)
Ils se sont souvenus de leurs vacances. They remembered their holidays.
Ils se sont ri de Victor. They laughed at Victor.
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