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When to use the reflexive?

Marg G.A2Kwiziq community member

When to use the reflexive?

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?

Asked 5 months ago
Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

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. 

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/reflexive-pronouns/

 https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/verb-types/reflexive-verbs 

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/reflexive-verbs/ 

When to use the reflexive?

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?

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