why is you had gone to bed vous étiez couchés when it is reflexive?

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Jacqui

Kwiziq community member

19 June 2018

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why is you had gone to bed vous étiez couchés when it is reflexive?

because it is reflexive should it not be vous étiez vous couchés?

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Conjugate reflexive verbs in Le Plus-que-Parfait (pluperfect tense) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 June 2018

19/06/18

Hi Jacqui,


it should be vous vous étiez couchés. 


Subject + reflexive pronoun + form of être + participle. 


-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

19 June 2018

19/06/18

Hi Jacqui,


The verb in 'Vous étiez couchés.' is not reflexive  but the verb coucher in the passive voice: 'Etre couché' = to be in bed.


You can 'coucher un bébé' (put a baby to bed) - active voice  


It is the same for 'être allongé' (to be lying down),


 'être debout' (to be up/ standing up),


'être assis' ( to be sat) etc....which all describe a state of being.


I believe it is the same in English ?


If you say 'vous vous êtes couchés' (you went to bed) you will use the reflexive 'se coucher' for the action of going to bed.


Hope this helps!


 

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