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Conjugate reflexive verbs (+être) in Le Passé Composé (conversational past)

These examples show how reflexive verbs conjugate in Le Passé Composé:

Je me suis lavé les dents.
I brushed my teeth.

Je me suis bien amusée.
I really enjoyed myself.

Tu t'es bien amusé hier soir? 
Did you have fun last night?

Il s'est levé tôt.
He got up early.

Nous nous sommes assis à l'arrière.
We sat at the back.

Vous vous êtes bien amusés?
Did you enjoy yourselves?

Elles se sont disputées.
They had an argument.

Reflexive verbs always use être as the auxiliary verb in Le Passé Composé.

Note also that the verb must agree with the gender and number of the person.
i.e. taking an extra -e for ladies, and an extra -s for more than one person, -es for multiple ladies.

See also Agreeing past participle with subject's gender and number with (+ être) verbs in Le Passé Composé 

Note that the pronoun me/te/se/nous/vous/se is situated before the auxiliary être.

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Nous nous sommes déguisés en zombies.
We dressed up as zombies.


Nous nous sommes assis à l'arrière.
We sat at the back.



Il s'est levé tôt.
He got up early.


Tu t'es bien amusé hier soir? 
Did you have fun last night?


Elles se sont disputées.
They had an argument.


Vous vous êtes bien amusés?
Did you enjoy yourselves?


Je me suis bien amusée.
I really enjoyed myself.


Je me suis lavé les dents.
I brushed my teeth.


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Mary

Kwiziq community member

2 March 2018

2 replies

Passé Composé. - what does Conversational past mean?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

2 March 2018

2/03/18

Hi Mary,


conversational past is the tense you use in conversations when talking about some event that happened in the past.
This is to be contrastet to passé simple which fulfills this function but not on a conversational level but on a literary level.
The imparfait tense is different because it serves a different purpose and pertains to repeated or habitual actions in the past.


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

5 March 2018

5/03/18

Meghna

Kwiziq community member

28 December 2016

1 reply

Agreement with reflexive conjugaison

In the question "Vous ___ dans le placard." (You hid in the cupboard.) would etes cache and etes caches both be acceptable?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

28 December 2016

28/12/16

Bonjour Meghna !

Yes, both versions are acceptable here, depending on whether you're addressing one person formally, or several people.
Have a look at our related lesson:
https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/agree-past-participle-with-subjects-gender-and-number-with-etre-verbs-in-le-passe-compose-conversational-past

Bonnes Fêtes !

Ian

Kwiziq community member

1 December 2015

3 replies

If 'vous' is formal, masculine and single, then is there no agreement required? Thanks.

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

1 December 2015

1/12/15

Bonjour Ian,

That's right. Whatever vous stands for is what determines what agreement is needed.

Vous = Monsieur Martin = no agreement

Vous = Monsieur et Madame Martin = plural agreement

Vous = Christine et Sandrine = plural feminine agreement

Orietta

Kwiziq community member

25 October 2016

25/10/16

Well what about vous vous etes cache?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

26 January 2017

26/01/17

Bonjour Orietta !

It's the same explanation:

Vous = Monsieur Martin = "vous vous êtes caché"

Vous = Madame Martin = "vous vous êtes cachée"

Vous = Monsieur et Madame Martin = "vous vous êtes cachés"

Vous = Christine et Sandrine = "vous vous êtes cachées"

À bientôt !
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