Reflexive Verbs – Free Exercise

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Exercises

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the reflexive verbs in brackets.

  1. Er (sich kämmen)   die Haare.er = reflextive pronoun sich|3rd person singular Präsenskämmt|or: 3rd person singular PräteritumkämmteHe brushed his hair.
  2. Wenn ihr keine Jacke anzieht, werdet ihr (sich erkälten)  .ihr = reflexive pronoun euch|the auxiliary verb werdet is followed by the infinitive of the main verb: erkältenIf you don’t put on your jackets, you’ll catch a cold.
  3. Du musst (sich schämen/nicht)  .du = reflexive pronoun dich|the modal verb musst is followed by the infinitive of the main verb: schämenYou don’t have to be ashamed.
  4. Wir haben (sich verlaufen)  .wir = reflexive pronoun uns|the auxiliary verb haben is followed by the Partizip II of the main verb: verlaufenWe’ve got ourselves lost.
  5. Ich (sich bewerben)   um eine Arbeitsstelle.ich = reflexive pronoun mich|3rd person singular Präsensbewerbe|or: 3rd person singular PräteritumbewarbI applied for a job.
  6. Sie haben (sich bemühen)  , nicht zu lachen.sie = reflexive pronoun sich|the auxiliary verb haben is followed by the Partizip II of the main verb: bemühtThey tried not to laugh.

Accusative or dative? Complete the sentences with the correct reflexive pronouns.

  1. Ich habe   versteckt.1st person singular, accusative: michI hid.
  2. Wäschst du   die Haare?2nd person singular, dative: dirAre you washing your hair?
  3. Ich ziehe   schnell eine Strickjacke an.1st person singular, dative: mirI’ll just quickly put on a cardigan.
  4. Dreh   nicht um!2nd person singular, accusative: dichDon’t turn around!
  5. Hast du   schon etwas zu essen bestellt?2nd person singular, dative: dirHave you already ordered something to eat?

Use the words in brackets to create sentences. Decide if you need to use a reflexive pronoun or not.

verlassen (present)

  • (?/wann/du/die Stadt)  ?here, verlassen means leave = no reflexive pronoun|question word + verb + subject + object|2nd person singular: verlässtWhen are you leaving town?
  • (er/auf dein Wort)  .here, verlassen means rely = reflexive pronoun required|subject + verb + reflexive pronoun + preposition + object|3rd person singular: reflexive pronoun sich|verlassenverlässtHe’s relying on your word.

aufhalten (present perfect)

  • (ich/in Berlin)  .here, aufhalten means stay = reflexive pronoun required|subject + auxiliary verb + reflexive pronoun + preposition + object + Partizip II of the main verb|1st person singular: reflexive pronoun mich|auxiliary verb: habe|irregular main verb: aufhaltenaufgehaltenI stayed in Berlin.
  • (wir/den Lehrer)  .here, aufhalten means stop = no reflexive pronoun|subject + auxiliary + object + Partizip II of the main verb|1st person plural: auxiliary verb haben|irregular main verb: aufhaltenaufgehaltenWe stopped the teacher.