I took a quiz. I translated "They are calling their dog" as Ils appellent leur chien. However, the correct answer was: Ils s'appellent leur chien. How does one know when to use the reflexive?
Marg, you are correct that it should be ‘ Ils appellent leur chien. ‘ for ‘They are calling their dog.’
The reflexive is used when the ‘subject’ performs the action on ‘itself’ - that is the verb’s subject and object are the same, which is not the case in the sentence under question.
If you think there is an error in the quiz/question, you should use ‘report it’ from there directly for review.
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