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!


Brosse-toi les dents!
Brush your teeth!


Asseyez-vous !
Sit down!


Couchez-vous!
Go to bed!


Mets-toi sur ton 31!
Dress smartly!


Assieds-toi !
Assieds-toi !

Sit down!


Asseyons-nous ! 
Let's sit down!


Assois-toi !
Sit down!


Couchons-nous
Let's go to bed!


Va te coucher!
Go to bed!


Assoyons-nous !
Let's sit down!


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!


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



Allez vous habiller!
Go get dressed!


Q&A Forum 4 questions, 11 answers

Assieds-toi ! Assieds-toi ! Sit down! These two look exactly the same to me or I can not see. Thank you Chris in advance!

Asked 6 months ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

Hi Fiona,

depending on which conjugation of "asseoir" you prefer, the imperative changes accordingly:

Assieds-toi -- Assois-toi
Asseyons-nous -- Assoyons-nous
Asseyez-vous -- Assoyez-vous

They are all identical to the corresponding forms in present tense.

AlanC1Correct answer
There are also two possible pronunciations of "Assieds-toi", so one of the examples repeats it: "Assieds-toi! Assieds-toi!". The accompanying sound file demonstrates the two pronunciations.
Thank you Chris. That was very helpful as always!

Assieds-toi ! Assieds-toi ! Sit down! These two look exactly the same to me or I can not see. Thank you Chris in advance!

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N.B1

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

I am confused by this sample imperative sentence.

Shouldn't it be Va,  lève-toi!

Asked 11 months ago

Hi N,

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

-- Chris. 

N.B1
Thanks! I encounter this one all the time and it's always puzzled me. Thanks also for regularly responding to people's posts.

Thanks for noticing!

-- Chris. 

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

I am confused by this sample imperative sentence.

Shouldn't it be Va,  lève-toi!

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MB2

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!
Asked 4 years ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi M,

As Chris has pointed out there is a slight difference between in meaning between,

Allez vous embrasser! Go and kiss each other!

and 

Allez, embrassez-vous! = Go on, have a kiss!

Very subtle , I admit...

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).

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).

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!

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

Asked 7 years ago
LauraKwiziq language super star
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.
RonC1
Pardonnez-moi, mais souvenir ne fini pas avec «-er», mais avec «-ir».

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

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