French Grammar Explained /

Reflexive verbs

French has a really fun way of expressing that something is done to oneself. In English you might say:
I wash myself.
You buy yourself something nice.
And you will see that this type of construction (reflexive verbs) is much more common in French than it is in English. In fact, you've already seen a reflexive verb rather early on: Je m'appelle meaning "my name is" (literally I call myself).
Je me couche très tard.
I go to bed very late. (lit. I bring myself to bed very late.)
Les enfants ne se brossent pas les dents.
The children don't brush their teeth.
(lit. The children don't brush themselves their teeth.)
Elle s’habille professionnellement.
She dresses professionally.
(lit. She dresses herself professionally.)
Nous nous levons de bonne heure.
We get up early.
(lit. We get ourselves up early.)
reflexive pronounlaver (regular -er)
je, j'me, m'lave
tute, t'laves
il, elle, onse, s'lave
nousnouslavons
vousvouslavez
ils/ellesse, s'lavent
The majority of these verbs have to do with one’s body, clothing, or relationships.
For grammar lovers:
The technical term for this kind of construction is reflexive, because it reflects back on the subject, i.e in the first example I wash myself the reflexive pronoun myself reflects the subject I.