Can you please give more explanation and examples of how the reflexive participle agrees in number and gender?

Paul

Kwiziq community member

24 April 2018

5 replies

Can you please give more explanation and examples of how the reflexive participle agrees in number and gender?

For example: Nous nous sommes brosse(s) les dents/les cheveux

This relates to:
Agreeing past participle with subject's gender and number with (+ être) verbs in Le Passé Composé -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

25 April 2018

25/04/18

Hi Paul,

You will find an excellent explanation of all possible cases along with examples here:

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/agreement-with-pronominal-verbs/

Greetings, -- Chris.

Paul

Kwiziq community member

25 April 2018

25/04/18

I suggest that Kwiziq leave out tests on this topic at this stage of the course. 

Chris

Kwiziq community member

26 April 2018

26/04/18

Why?

-- Chris

P.S.: See my reply to your later post.

Jan

Kwiziq community member

20 May 2018

20/05/18

Cecile and Chris, Your posts on this topic were excellent. Thank you so much. 

In addition, I want to say that I agree with the person below who said this type of sentence (with reflexive verbs where the past participle does not agree with the subject) should be left out of lessons at earlier levels, for instance Lower Intermediate, which is my level. Why? Because we already have a heavy load of things to remember and understand. The brain only holds so much new information at one time. Leave it until later. As a career teacher, I believe there is a principle of providing an appropriate level of difficulty for each student's current achievement level.

Then again, if it is thought appropriate to include it, PUT IT IN THE LESSON. Don't just throw it in during a test when we have never seen it before.

And last, if you are going to toss it into a test, at least let us know right away, that yes, the test answer given is correct. It's not so much that I needed an explanation right now. I needed someone to say, Yes, the answer we gave is correct. No, it is not an error. 

But, thank you for the clear answer you two gave.

Rob

Kwiziq community member

16 June 2018

16/06/18

Bravo Jan! 

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