Where to put reflexive pronouns

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Where to put reflexive pronouns

The reflexive pronouns Pronombres reflexivos are located:

  • In front of the verb: most of the time.

Magda se levanta contenta.

Magda is happy when she gets up.

¡No me llames!

Don’t call me!

  • After the verb: in the infinitive and imperative forms when it’s affirmative.

Teo quiere mudarse (de casa)

Teo wants to move out (of his house).

Cuéntame cómo estás.

Tell me how you’re doing.

  • Before or after the verb:

In sentences with an auxiliary verb and a main verb.

Ana va a quedarse en el hotel / Ana se va a quedar en el hotel.

Ana is going to stay at the hotel.

In the construction estar (to be) + gerund (which describes actions currently taking place):

Ellas están mirándose / Ellas se están mirando.

They are looking at themselves.

Note: The direct Pronombres CD and indirect object pronouns Pronombres CI are positioned in the same way.


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