The meaning of the reflexive verb "s'entendre"

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The meaning of the reflexive verb "s'entendre"

From my understanding this is from the initial verb entendre meaning to hear. 

From the different conjugations it will be I hear myself, I hear you etc but when you add "bien" at the end why does it become "I get along"? i.e., Je m'entends bien avec...?

Thankyou,

Max 

Asked 3 months ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Max, words can have more than one meaning and a pronominal/reflexive verb can have 'overlapping'  and also quite different meanings from a non-reflexive/pronominal verb despite the same 'infinitive' being present. 

 Adding " bien " isn't the major driver of change in meaning in this sentence - it is describing the 'quality' of the 'getting along. It is the context that tells you the meaning ' je m'entends avec (qqn) ... ' 

You can drive yourself crazy with why questions on grammar and word definitions !  Better to learn meaning in context, use a good bilingual dictionary, and as you understand more vocabulary, include a good monolingual French dictionary. There are many. Wordreference is a pretty reliable source, and Larousse, Collins, Robert have excellent online resources available free as well.

 https://www.wordreference.com/fren/s'entendre

The meaning of the reflexive verb "s'entendre"

From my understanding this is from the initial verb entendre meaning to hear. 

From the different conjugations it will be I hear myself, I hear you etc but when you add "bien" at the end why does it become "I get along"? i.e., Je m'entends bien avec...?

Thankyou,

Max 

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