Reflexive verbs and Possessive Articles

ElizabethKwiziq community member

Reflexive verbs and Possessive Articles

Would someone please explain to me why you would write "Je me brosse les dents deux fois par jour." in stead of "Je me brosse mes dents ..." I'm uncertain why you couldn't use mes even though you're also using the reflexive verb. Merci!

Asked 1 month ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Bonjour Elizabeth,

"Je me brosse les dents deux fois par jour." --> I brush the teeth of mine two times per day.

The translation of "je me brosse les dents" tells us that you are brushing your teeth - not those of another person, so the possessive aspect is already clear in the grammar of the reflexive verb se brosser.

It is tricky to understand for an English speaker but this is how the French language grammar works.

Using le, la, les with body parts and clothing (definite articles)

Hope this helps to explain to you.

Bonne continuation,

Jim

Reflexive verbs and Possessive Articles

Would someone please explain to me why you would write "Je me brosse les dents deux fois par jour." in stead of "Je me brosse mes dents ..." I'm uncertain why you couldn't use mes even though you're also using the reflexive verb. Merci!

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