posted by Jonathan

I had to write a paragraph about what my mom did yesterday and I had to use SOME REFLEXIVE VERBS- I'm not sure if this is correct.
Mi madre se despertó a las seis de la mañana. Ella se despertó cuando escuchó e l despertador. Ella se levantó. Después el desayuno ella se baño. Mi madre se cepilló los dientes. Ella se secó el pelo. Ella se peinó el pelo y se miró en el espejo. Ella se maquilló. Mi madre caminó con el perro. Ella corrió ayer en la mañana. Ella anduvo en bicicleta ayer.Mi madre se comió en un restaurante con su amiga. Ella se cenó en casa con su familia. Ella se habló durante la cenar. Ella se miró el television con su familiá. Ella estuvo muy cansada. Mi madre se acostó en su cama.

  1. Ms. Sue

    I emailed SraJMcGin your post. Check back here later to see if she's responded.

  2. Jonathan

    Thank you for doing that-I really appreciate it-I'm alittle confused on this stuff

  3. SraJMcGin

    Don't forget to close the gap in "e l" despertador.
    Después is an adverb = Afterwards
    Después de is what you need here = after

    Después del desayuno

    "en la mañana" is better as "por la mañana" = "in the morning"

    Excellent use of Reflexive Verbs until "se comió" = like a cannibal? (she ate herself?)

    also "Ella cenó, habló, miró la televisión.

    Here's a tiny review of Reflexive Verbs:

    1. Reflexive verbs in the infinitive are identified by the attached pronoun "se" (lavarse) which changes according to the subject: yo me lavo, tú te lavas, él/ella/usted se lava, nosotros/nosotras nos lavamos, vosotros/vosotras os lavais, ellos/ellas/ustedes se lavan.

    2. The reflexive pronoun corresponds to "self" in English: myself, yourself, himself, etc.

    3. The position of the reflexive pronoun, like other object pronouns, are generally placed BEFORE the conjugated verb. However, they FOLLOW and are attached to the verb in an affirmative command (lávate). You have a choice with an infinitive and a present participle (-ndo) as to the normal position, or after and attached to the form. When you add anything, you need to worry about a required accent mark for pronunciation.
    Examples: Me voy a lavar. OR Voy a lavarme. / Me estoy lavando OR Estoy lavándome.

    3. Many verbs are reflexive in Spanish but not in English: nos quedamos = we remain.

    4. Some reflexive verbs are stem-changing and that will be identified after the infinitive in a dictionary. acostarse (o--->ue) or divertirse (e--->ie) or vestirse (e--->i)

    If you want to make your paragraph more "sophisticated" you could combine 2 simple sentences. Ella se secó el pelo, se peinó y se miró en el espejo. (for example)

    Feel free to ask any question about something you might not understand.

    Many verbs can be used non-reflexively or reflexively: Me lavo la cara. (Reflexive = I wash MYSELF) vs. Lavo el carro. (Non-reflexive = I wash, do wash, am washing the car.)


  4. Jonathan

    Thank you very much
    That was pretty funny about me eating myself-thank you for pointing that out-my teacher would have thought I was muy tonto!

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