Reason for sentence construction with faire

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Cathy

Kwiziq community member

28 February 2018

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Reason for sentence construction with faire

This question relates to:
French lesson "Forming inverted questions with reflexive verbs in Le Présent"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

1 March 2018

1/03/18

Please post an example sentence for me to know what exactly you are asking.

-- Chris.

Cathy

Kwiziq community member

1 March 2018

1/03/18

I did, but it didn't show up, will try again.  Nonetheless, thanks for your prompt response.

Cathy

Kwiziq community member

1 March 2018

1/03/18

In the following example, I am having difficulty understanding why the reflexive is used: 

Où ta mère et toi vous faites-vous les ongles? 

Is it because of using the stress pronoun at the beginning of the sentence? 

Thanks again.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 March 2018

6/03/18

Hi Cathy,

Sorry for the late reply, I must have missed your post somehow.

Faire is sometimes used in a reflexive construction such as:

Je me fais faire les ongles. -- I am having my nails done.
Ils se sont faits agrandir la salle. -- They had the living room enlarged.

In these reflexive constructions (se faire + infinitive) the role of the subject is always a more passive one. One is having something done rather than doing it onself. Another example:

Je m'aide moi-même. -- I help myself.
Je me fais aider. -- I let myself being helped.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cathy

Kwiziq community member

6 March 2018

6/03/18

Thanks so much Chris! I really appreciate your contribution to the many discussions on this forum.

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