Relflexive verb: se moquer

Relflexive verb: se moquer

The example verbs in the lesson (se lever) and most of the ones presented in the tests (se coucher, se laver, se réveiller) all follow the same pattern-- in that the action is done on/to the subject or the subject own body.  However, with the verb se moquer the action is done to someone else and requires the use of "de".    

It's unclear why one wouldn't say  "Ils me moquent" instead of "Ils se moque de moi".  Can some explain this a bit?

Asked 1 week ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Alvin,

There are multiple examples of reflexive verbs in French which do not follow the model - to oneself, or to each other and some are followed by the preposition 'de' as in the case of -

Se moquer de 

e.g.

se souvenir de ( to remember something/someone)s'occuper de ( to look after someone/something), se passer de ( to do without something/someone), etc.

Elle s'occupe de moi = She is looking after me 

On se passe bien d'elle We do very well without her

Je me souviens de sa mère = I remember her mother 

The pronouns which are used after 'de' will be the same as the ones after 'chez' in the following Kwiziq lesson-

https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/common-uses-of-moi-toi-lui-elle-nous-vous-eux-elles-disjunctivestress-pronouns

Hope this helps!

 

Because the phrase is: se moquer de quelqu' un.

Relflexive verb: se moquer

The example verbs in the lesson (se lever) and most of the ones presented in the tests (se coucher, se laver, se réveiller) all follow the same pattern-- in that the action is done on/to the subject or the subject own body.  However, with the verb se moquer the action is done to someone else and requires the use of "de".    

It's unclear why one wouldn't say  "Ils me moquent" instead of "Ils se moque de moi".  Can some explain this a bit?

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level >>
Ask a question
Clever stuff underway!