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El Turco
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CHICOPEE, Massachusetts
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Jan 11, 2019 at 8:52am

In the following sentence from level 4:
Me gusta estar allí porque es un buen lugar donde podemos divertirnos.
Why is divertimos not just the reflexive infinitive since podemos is already conjugated....we are able to have fun.... podemos divertirnos

Apolonia D.
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Jan 28, 2019 at 7:56am

Hi, reflexive verbs must be conjugated even if they follow another conjugated verb: "Voy a levantarme temprano", "Quiere bañarse en el mar", "Puedes lavarte en el baño".... It's a rule you just have to remember I'm afraid :-)

Apolonia D.
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Jan 28, 2019 at 7:57am

Hi, reflexive verbs must be conjugated even if they follow another conjugated verb: "Voy a levantarme temprano", "Quiere bañarse en el mar", "Puedes lavarte en el baño".... It's a rule you just have to remember I'm afraid :-)

James Putney
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Chapel Hill, NC
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Jan 26, 2011
Feb 15, 2019 at 2:40pm

Now I'm confused. It looks to me like the reflexive is NOT conjugated in all the examples you give...? This may be just a semantic point, but I don't think simply adding the pronoun to the end of the infinitive is conjugation?

Apolonia D.
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Feb 22, 2019 at 9:42am

I'm very sorry, I didn't want to confuse you. You're right, I shouldn't have said "conjugated". I just wanted to mean that you can't just use the reflexive infinitive "divertirse" after "poder" as you'd do with a normal verb ("Podemos salir" is ok, but "podemos divertirse" is not, you need to use the reflexive pronoun as well). I hope this is clear now :-)

James Putney
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Chapel Hill, NC
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Feb 22, 2019 at 11:07am

I think I finally figured out the problem here. I think El Turco is misreading Fluenz text. The text is "divertirnos (d i v e r t i r n o s)" which is correct, but he is reading "divertimos (d i v e r t i m o s)" which is not correct. That is why he thinks it is conjugated when in fact it is not. Hard to distinguish these two with these small fonts.

Fabrice
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San Diego, CA
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Sep 17, 2012
Feb 28, 2019 at 9:15pm

In Spanish you say the equivalent of "we can have fun ourselves", so the "we" part is "podemos", the "fun ourselves" is "divertirnos". If you know French you might be confused because you could use the reflexive infinitive when using "On'. But not in spanish.

James Putney
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Chapel Hill, NC
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Mar 1, 2019 at 9:34am

Isn't this a form of "divertirse", a reflexive infinitive meaning "to have fun?"

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