"We improved rapidly" why is this "nous nous sommes rapidement améliorés" instead of "nous avons rapidement amélioré"? I have no idea when to make a verb reflexive!
Freeform Writing Exercise A2
For to get better/ to improve you use the intransitive form of the verb s'améliorer (which is reflexive in French) when there is no object -
La situation s'est améliorée petit à petit = The situation got better bit by bit
Leur santé s'est bien améliorée = Their health has really improved
Ce vin s'améliore avec l'âge = This wine gets better with age
You will use the transitive form of the verb 'améliorer' when it is followed by an object -
Le principal a amélioré le protocole d'entrée = The headmaster had improved the entry protocol
Le ministère des transports a amélioré le réseau d'autoroutes = The department of transport has improved the motorway network
Hope this helps!
In this case - ask “we improved who or what “? In English “we improved us/ourselves”. The subject and object of the verb are the same, so a reflexive form is needed. With the word order of French- Nous (we) nous (us/ourselves) sommes améliorés….
There are some verbs that are only in reflexive form and some that change meaning in reflexive form. Have a look at link:
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