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Imprefect Reflexive Verbs — Spanish Verb Conjugation

Now let’s take a look at “Reflexive Back” Spanish verbs. The same reflexive rules apply here as before. When there is only one verb, the reflexive pronoun (me, te, se or nos) goes in front of the conjugated verb. For example, “While we were getting married…” would be “Mientras nos casábamos…” Remember from previous lessons, if there are two verbs, the reflexive pronoun can either go in front of both verbs or after both. For example, the phrase “I was hoping to have fun” could either be “Esperaba divertirme” or “Me esperaba divertir.”


Let’s practice with a few of those now. Try to guess the answers before they’re said. To simplify, where there are two verbs, we’ll put the reflexive pronoun after both verbs although it can go either before or after both verbs. In this quiz, some will have one verb and some will have two.

Are you ready?

He used to complain a lot

Se quejaba mucho

I was hoping to forget that.

Esperaba olvidarme de eso.

I was going to brush my teeth.

Iba a cepillarme los dientes.

They used to get sick a lot.

Se enfermaban mucho.

She never used to get angry.

Nunca se enojaba.

I used to have to stay here.

Tenía que quedarme aquí.

He used to shave every day.

Se afeitaba todos los días.

She wanted to wash her hands.

Quería lavarse las manos.

Juan was going to say goodbye

Juan iba a despedirse

I always woke up late

Siempre me levantaba temprano.



Spanish Review (Back Verbs)

I was bathing

me bañaba

(Marta) You used to shower

te duchabas

He used to break (his ___)

se rompía (el/la los/las ___)

She was getting sick

se enfermaba

(Sra. Benites) You used to brush (your ___)

se cepillaba (el/la los/las ___)

We burned ourselves

nos quemabamos

They were taking off

se quitaban

All of you used to wash (your ___)

se lavaban (el/la los/las ___)

I dried myself

me secaba

(Martín) You were shaving

te afeitabas

He used to get angry

se enojaba

She was getting married

se casaba

(Sr. Mendes) You were called

se llamaba

We used to get ready

nos arreglabamos

They complained

se quejaban

All of you were worrying

se preocupaban

I used to work in

me dedicaba a

(Juana) You got tired

te cansabas

He was forgetting

se olvidaba

She used to stay

se quedaba

(Sra. Benites) You were getting up

se levantaba

We used to be called

nos llamabamos

They got sick

se enfermaban

All of you were getting angry

se enojaban

I was getting married

me casaba

We used to meet

nos reuníamos

We were worrying about

nos preocupabamos

(Rosa) You were working in

te dedicabas a

(Raúl) You used to remain

te quedabas

We got up

nos levantabamos

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