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Hello,

I am having difficulty with grammatical understanding of the reflexive verb se moquer when the object is another person.

Example sentence: Vous vous moquez de mois?

To me it seems that the question should read: Vous moquez de mois?

Please help me understand how moquez is reflexive when the actual object of mocking is another person, not oneself.

Thank you for your assistance,

Albert.

Answer
Hi Albert,

It is normal for an english speaker to have difficulties in understanding reflexive verbs in French.

The verb is "se moquer" and is indeed reflexive.
Je me moque de cette fille
Tu te moques
Il /elle se moque
Nous nous moquons
Vous vous moquez
ils se moquent?

Now when the verb is followed by a pronoun, since there is "de" you should use :

moi
toi
lui
nous
vous
d'eux

Then :
Je me moque de toi/de lui/ d'elle / de nous/de vous/d'eux
Tu te moques de moi / de lui / d'elle/ de nous / d'eux
Il se moque de moi / de toi / de lui / d'elle / de nous / de vous / d'eux
etc.

The best way is to learn by heart these structures.
Here is a lesson on refelexive verbs :
http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/indirectobjects.htm

I hope this helps

cheers

Caro

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