Languages › French Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Se Souvenir' ('to Remember') The Simple Conjugations of the Reflexive 'Se Souvenir de' Share Flipboard Email Print Catherine MacBride/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 28, 2020 Se souvenir is an irregular pronominal verb, which means the full conjugation doesn't adhere to a pattern (irregular) and the root verb souvenir must be preceded by the impersonal reflexive pronoun se, which changes to agree with the subject. The full verb is actually se souvenir de because the verb is followed by de when there is an object ("I remember something.") In the table below are all the simple conjugations of se souvenir de; compound conjugations, which include a form of the auxiliary verb être and the past participle souvenu, are not included here. The grammatical term "pronominal," actually means "relating to a pronoun." In this case, it's a reflexive pronoun. So pronominal verbs need both a subject pronoun and a reflexive pronoun, like this: Nous nous habillons. > We're getting dressed (dressing ourselves). Tu te baignes. > You're taking a bath (bathing yourself). 'Se Souvenir de' Is Irregular Se souvenir de, because it is irregular, follows its own conjugations; to use it you will have to memorize them because they don't follow the patterns that regular verbs do. In the compound conjugations, pronominal verbs usually require agreement. There are a few kinds of French pronominal verbs. But in general, we can say the action and, thus construction, of the pronominal verb is reflexive or reciprocal. Types of Pronominal Verbs Reflexive verbs: subject acts on itself. Reciprocal verbs: subjects act on one anotherIdiomatic pronominal verbs: reflexive pronoun changes the meaning of the verbIntrinsically pronominal verbs: verb can only be used pronominally 'Se Souvenir de' is Reflexive Se souvenir de is a reflexive pronominal verb. The most common pronominal verbs are reflexive verbs (verbes à sens réfléchi), which indicate that the subject of the verb is performing the action upon himself, herself or itself. Reflexive verbs mainly have to do with parts of the body, clothing, personal circumstance or location. Note that when referring to parts of the body, the French possessive pronoun is rarely used; instead, the owner is indicated with a reflexive pronoun, and a definite article precedes the body part. Common Reflexive Pronominal Verbs s'adresser à > to address, speak to s'approcher de > to approach s'asseoir > to sit down se baigner > to bathe, swim se brosser (les cheveux, les dents) > to brush (one's hair, one's teeth) se casser (la jambe, le bras) > to break (one's leg, one's arm) se coiffer > to fix one's hair se coucher > to go to bed se couper > to cut oneself se dépêcher > to hurry se déshabiller > to get undressed se doucher > to take a shower s'énerver > to get annoyed s'enrhumer > to catch a cold se fâcher > to get angry se fatiguer > to get tired se fier > to trust s'habiller > to get dressed s'habituer à > to get used to s'imaginer > to imagine s'intéresser à > to be interested in se laver (les mains, la figure) > to wash (one's hands, one's face) se lever > to get up se maquiller > to put on makeup se marier (avec) > to get married (to) se méfier de > to mistrust, distrust, beware of/about se moquer de > to make fun of (someone else) se moucher > to blow one's nose se noyer > to drown se peigner > to comb one's hair se promener > to take a walk se raser > to shave se refroidir > to cool down, get cold se regarder > to look at oneself se reposer > to rest se réveiller > to wake up se soûler > to get drunk se souvenir de > to remember se taire > to be quiet Examples Il se souvient d'avoir reçu cette lettre. > He remembers receiving this letter. Je me souviens de votre gentillesse. > I remember your kindness. Tu te reposes. > You're resting. Il se lève à 8h00. > He gets up at 8:00. Simple Conjugations of the Irregular Pronominal French Verb 'Se Souvenir' Present Future Imperfect Present participle je me souviens souviendrai souvenais se souvenant tu te souviens souviendras souvenais il se souvient souviendra souvenait Passé composé nous nous souvenons souviendrons souvenions Auxiliary verb être vous vous souvenez souviendrez souveniez Past participle souvenu ils se souviennent souviendront souvenaient Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive je me souvienne souviendrais souvins souvinsse tu te souviennes souviendrais souvins souvinsses il se souvienne souviendrait souvint souvînt nous nous souvenions souviendrions souvînmes souvinssions vous vous souveniez souviendriez souvîntes souvinssiez ils se souviennent souviendraient souvinrent souvinssent Imperative (tu) souviens-toi (nous) souvenons-nous (vous) souvenez-vous In French, If You're Getting Dressed, You're Using a Pronominal Verb Learn How to Conjugate "Se Taire" (to Be Quiet) in French How to Conjugate the Simple French Tenses of "Obtenir" (Obtain, Get) Conjugating the French '-er' Verb 'Maquiller' ('to Make up Someone') What Is Every French Personal Pronoun? 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