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Spanish Reflexive Verbs List

Spanish Reflexive Verbs List: Verbs with Multiple Meanings

Because we know how hard reflexive verbs can be, we made a Spanish reflexive verbs list to help you with the learning process.

In addition, there are plenty of examples with audios to help you better understand the concepts and to practice your listening skills.

Spanish Reflexive Verbs List

What makes reflexive verbs hard to understand is that the meaning of some verbs can change when the reflexive form is used. In addition, to make things more complicated, some reflexive verbs can have a variety of meanings.

Below, you have a list that includes a few common reflexive verbs and their equivalent non reflexive forms together with their different meanings.

Abreviations: Reflexive (REFL.).

To boreAburrirse
To become bored
To get bored
To bring (sth) closer
To move (sth) close
To give a ride
To get close
To approach
To become interested in
To go to
To lay (sb) down
To put (sb) in bed
To go to bed
To lie down
To sleep with
To confuse
To mix up
To make a mistake/to get (sth) wrong
To (sth) mixed up/to get (sth) confused
To blend
To turn onEncenderse
To turn red/to blush
To find
To discover
To run into
To find yourself
To meet (planned)
To run into
To feel
To be located
To go
To attend
To work/to run
To wear
To leave
To go away
To quit
To raise
To pick up
To stand up/to get up
To wake up/to get up
To rise up
To call/to name
To knock/to ring
To call/to phone
To be called/to be named
To add
To put/to place
To turn on
To put on/to wear
To get/to become
To put yourself (in a certain positions)
To start
To call/to name
To plan to meet
To meet (planned)
To remain/to be left/to be left over
To be/to be located
To suit/to fit
To remain/to stay
To keep
To be left/to end up

Spanish Reflexive Verbs List: Examples

Abuerrir vs Aburrirse

  • La clase de historia me aburre (aburrir). → History class bores me. 
  • Me aburro en la clase de historia (aburrirse). → I get bored in history class.

Acercar vs Acercarse

  • Te acerco al trabajo en mi coche (acercar). → I will give you a ride to work in my car. 
  • Tengo que acercarme mucho a la pantalla para ver (acercarse). → I have to get close to the screen to see. 

Acostar vs Acostarse

  • Estoy cansada, voy a acostarme (acostarse). → I am tired, I am going to bed. 
  • Acuéstala de lado (acostar). → Lay her down on her side. 

Confundir vs Confundirse

  • Nos confundimos con facilidad (confundirse). → We get confused easily. 
  • Los chicos me confuden por otra persona (confundir). → The boys confuse me with someone else. 

Eencender vs Encenderse

  • Encendí la luz de la habitación (encender). → I turned on the light of the room.
  • Él se encendió cuando ella le habló (encenderse) → He blushed when she talked to him. 

Encontrar vs encontrarse

  • Los científicos encontraron un nuevo gen (encontrar). → The scientists found a new gene. 
  • No me encuentro bien, me voy a casa (encontrarse). → I do not feel well, I will go home. 

Ir vs irse

  • Se fue del trabajo porque no le gustaba (irse). → He quit his job because he did not like it. 
  • Fui a la tienda a comprar leche (ir). → I went to the store to buy some milk. 

Levantar vs levantarse

  • Todos los días me levanto temprano para hacer deporte (levantarse). → Every day I get up early to exercise.
  • Él levantó la mano cuando oyó su nombre (levantar). → He raised his hand when he heard his name.

Llamar vs Llamarse

  • ¿Cómo te llamas? (llamarse). → What is your name? 
  • Alguien está llamando a la puerta (llamar). → Somebody is knocking on the door. 

Poner vs Ponerse

  • Me pongo la chaqueta porque hace frío (ponerse). → I put the jacket on because it is cold. 
  • ¿Dónde pones los vasos? (poner) → Where do you put the glasses? 

Quedar vs quedarse

  • Ayer quedé con María (quedar). → I met María yesterday. 
  • Ayer me quedé en mi casa todo el día (quedarse). → I stayed at home all day yesterday. 

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this post has helped you to understand and practice the reflexive verbs in Spanish.

We advise you to practice with the examples here and try to make up some others on your own.

If you want, we can help you practice with these tenses by using them while having a conversation during our online Spanish conversation classes.

Additionally, we can practice in the comment section below by answering the following questions:

  • ¿Quedaste con tus amigos ayer o te quedaste en casa?
  • ¿A qué hora te sueles levantar?

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