In the last sentence, "nous nous écrions : "Bonne Année !", why is the verb reflexive, or, why is the second nous, needed?
Freeform Writing Exercise A1
Just to rephrase Maarten's answer: there are couple of French verbs which are only used in their reflexive form, even though their meaning isn't really reflexive. Je me souviens -- I remember -- is one of them. You can't say je souviens. And s'écrier ( to cry out/ to exclaim) is the same. It's always used reflexively, even though in English you don't cry yourself out, you just cry out.
S'écrier - to cry out or exclaim; It is a pronominal verb only. There is no modern verb "écrier" without the pronominal.
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