Spanish Grammar: Infinitive of Reflexive Verbs

Spanish Grammar: Infinitive of Reflexive Verbs

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Spanish Grammar: Infinitive of Reflexive Verbs
la gramática española: el infinitivo de los verbos reflexivos

  • Communicates action in a sentence.
  • Directs an action back to its source.


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Whenever reflexive verbs are used in the infinitive with another verb the reflexive pronoun and its verb infinitive function as a single unit – that is, the reflexive pronoun will always come immediately before the infinitive. In addition, the reflexive pronoun used MUST agree with the subject to which it refers.

¿A él le gusta acostarse tarde?
Does he like to go to bed early?

¿Tú vas a levantarte?
Are you (informal) going to get (yourself) up?

Nosotros tenemos que vestirnos rápidamente.
We have to dress ourselves quickly.

To make these kinds of phrases negative, put NO before the first conjugated verb.

Yo no voy a afeitarme hoy.
I am not going to shave (myself) today.

¿Usted no quiere maquillarse?
You (formal) don’t want to put on make-up?


¿A qué hora se despierta usted?
What time do you wake up?

¿A dónde vamos a sentarnos?
Where are we going to sit ourselves down?

¿Quién quiere despertarse temprano?
Who wants to wake up early?

¿Cómo puedo dormirme bien cada noche?
How can I sleep well every night?

¿Cuándo se baña usted?
When do you take a bath?

¿Por qué necesitan maquillarse?
Why do you need to put on makeup?

¿Cuántas hombres tienen que afeitarse cada día?
How many men have to shave every day?

¿Cuál es la mejor manera para estirarse?
What is the best way to stretch?


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