Forming affirmative commands with reflexive verbs (L'Impératif)

Look at these imperative forms (commands) of reflexive verbs:

Lève-toi !
Get up!

Levons-nous!
Let's get up!

Levez-vous!
Get up!

Tu te lèves ... Allez, lève-toi!
You're getting up ... Come on, get up!

Notice that in affirmative commands, reflexive verbs follow this pattern:

1- The reflexive pronouns te / vous / nous become stress pronouns toi / vous / nous

2- They are placed after the verb with a hyphen in between.


REMEMBER that in l'Impératif:

subject pronouns don't appear as they would normally do.

- verbs in -er lose the 's' of Le Présent in the 'tu' form.

See Conjugate regular verbs in L'Impératif (imperative)

 

ATTENTION:

The verb s'asseoir (to sit down) has two accepted conjugations:

First conjugation:
(Note that for the 'tu' form, two pronunciations are possible)

Assieds-toi !
Assieds-toi !

Sit down!

Asseyons-nous ! 
Let's sit down!

Asseyez-vous !
Sit down!

Second conjugation:

Assois-toi !
Sit down!

Assoyons-nous !
Let's sit down!

Assoyez-vous !
Sit down!

 

Softening commands into suggestions

You can alternatively use l'Impératif of aller with the infinitive of the reflexive verb like this:

Allez vous habiller!
Go get dressed!

Allons nous préparer.
Let's go get ready.

Va te coucher!
Go to bed!

 

See also Forming negative commands with reflexive verbs (L'Impératif)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Levez-vous!
Get up!


Assoyons-nous !
Let's sit down!


Brosse-toi les dents!
Brush your teeth!


Asseyez-vous !
Sit down!


Couchez-vous!
Go to bed!


Mets-toi sur ton 31!
Dress smartly!


Asseyons-nous ! 
Let's sit down!


Assois-toi !
Sit down!


Couchons-nous
Let's go to bed!


Va te coucher!
Go to bed!


Levons-nous!
Let's get up!


Assoyez-vous !
Sit down!


Couche-toi!
Go to bed!


Allons nous préparer.
Let's go get ready.


Lève-toi !
Get up!


Assieds-toi !
Assieds-toi !

Sit down!


Tu te lèves ... Allez, lève-toi!
You're getting up ... Come on, get up!



Allez vous habiller!
Go get dressed!


Q&A

N.

Kwiziq community member

30 June 2018

3 replies

Why is it " Allez, lève-toi! " ? (Vous or tu?)

I am confused by this sample imperative sentence.

Shouldn't it be Va,  lève-toi!

Chris

Kwiziq community member

1 July 2018

1/07/18

Hi N,


"Allez" used in this way is immutable and means "come on".


-- Chris. 

N.

Kwiziq community member

1 July 2018

1/07/18

Thanks! I encounter this one all the time and it's always puzzled me. Thanks also for regularly responding to people's posts.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

1 July 2018

1/07/18

Thanks for noticing!


-- Chris. 

M

Kwiziq community member

31 January 2018

2 replies

Using ‘aller’ for imperative with reflexive verbs

Bonsoir, The lesson indicated that when we use ‘aller’ for an imperative with a reflexive verb we should use the infinitive form of the verb as in: Allez, vous habiller! So the answer provided for the corresponding question should have been: Allez, vous embrasser! Instead, it was : Allez, embrassez-vous! Can you please explain why? Thanks!

Chris

Kwiziq community member

31 January 2018

31/01/18

Hi "M", I don't think the "allez" has anything to do with how the imperative is formed. it is just like "Go on" in English, before the actual imperative comes.

The declarative sentence: Vous vous embrassez. (You kiss each other.)
The imperative: Embrassez-vous ! (Kiss each other!)

The important part is that, starting from the declarative you drop the subject and invert the word order of the remaining words. Also, make sure the verb is in the imperative form and the pronound is the stress pronoun.

Tu te lèves. (You get up.)
Lève-toi ! (Get up!) -- Notice that the imperative of "lever" in the 2nd person singular is "lève", which is different form the ordinary 2nd person ("lèves"). And the "te" becomes "toi", which is the stressed form of "tu".

Go on, wash yourself! -- Allez, lavez-vous !

Chris (not a native speaker).

Chris

Kwiziq community member

7 February 2018

7/02/18

I am returning to your qestion because I believe I didn't completely answer it in my first try.


You can say, "Allez vous embrasser!" -- Go kiss each other! It has a different connotation from "Allez, embrassez-vous!" -- Go on, kiss each other.


A native speaker's input would be appreciated here, though.


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

loreen

Kwiziq community member

31 October 2017

2 replies

Hello, why we added (s) to souviens-toi while the lessontold us to ommit it

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

1 November 2017

1/11/17

Bonjour Loreen,

The lesson says, "verbs in -er lose the 's' of Le Présent in the 'tu' form."

Souvenir doesn't end in -ir, so it does not omit the s.

Ron

Kwiziq community member

1 November 2017

1/11/17

Pardonnez-moi, mais souvenir ne fini pas avec «-er», mais avec «-ir».

Thinking...