conjugating reflexive verbs with être

KevinB2Kwiziq community member

conjugating reflexive verbs with être

4Nous ________ les cheveux. We brushed our hair(HINT: Conjugate "se brosser" (to brush) in the compound past (Passé Composé))
in the above why is the answer not brossés, nous is plural, they are brushing their teeth?nous sommes brossé
Asked 6 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Kevin,

Take a look here for a detailed explanation: nous nous sommes brossé les cheveux

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Bonjour Kevin,

This type of query has been answered many times in the past but is very tricky to get right.

The point to understand is just what does the reflexive pronoun represent?

Does it represent a direct object or an indirect object? We are brushing the hair of ourselves.

I write it in this way to point out that there is the preposition "of" before "ourselves" - (second reflexive pronoun nous).

Therefore there is no past participle agreement because the reflexive pronoun (nous) represents an indirect object, not a direct object.

Similarly with your "teeth" example  --  it is the teeth of themselves therefore no past participle agreement.

Hope this helps to explain for you.

Bonne continuation.

Jim

conjugating reflexive verbs with être

4Nous ________ les cheveux. We brushed our hair(HINT: Conjugate "se brosser" (to brush) in the compound past (Passé Composé))
in the above why is the answer not brossés, nous is plural, they are brushing their teeth?nous sommes brossé

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