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Vestirse Translation & Reflexive Conjugation

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  • 0:04 Getting Dressed
  • 0:22 Present Indicative of Vestirse
  • 2:13 Using the Verb Vestirse
  • 3:22 Examples in the Present
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Elena Sacramento Lechado

Elena has a PhD in linguistics from University of La Laguna (Spain). Currently, she teaches Spanish as a foreign language and creates teaching resources.

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Do you usually dress casual or smart? The Spanish verb 'vestirse' means 'to get dressed.' Learn how to use this verb in the present tense through plenty of daily life examples.

Getting Dressed

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Who takes the longest to get dressed at home? In this lesson, you'll learn how to talk about this in Spanish with the verb vestirse, which means 'to get dressed.' We'll study its reflexive conjugation in the present tense so that you'll learn how to use this verb accurately.

Translation: To get dressed
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Present Indicative of Vestirse

We use the present indicative in Spanish to talk about habits or routines, or simply to mention facts. Also, we often use this tense to refer to events in the near future. So, with the present of vestirse you can say that someone takes a long time to get dressed or that you're about to get dressed and ready.

Let's look at a couple of details regarding the conjugation of this verb:

  • Vestirse is a reflexive verb. This means that the action is carried out by and for ourselves. When conjugating a reflexive verb in Spanish, we need to add the reflexive pronouns in front of every conjugated form. These pronouns are (in subject order): me/te/se/nos/os/se.
  • Vestirse is a stem-changing verb, so its main vowel changes as a part of the conjugation. To conjugate it in the present, we use its irregular stem vist- in all singular forms and ellos/as and ustedes. The forms of nosotros/as and vosotros/as keep the regular stem (vest-).

VERB: vestirse (behs-TEER-seh) - to get dressed

Subject
Pronoun
Present
Indicative
Translation
yo me visto I get dressed
te vistes you get dressed
él/ella
usted
se viste he/she gets dressed
you (formal) get dressed
nosotros/
nosotras
nos vestimos we get dressed
vosotros/
vosotras
os vestís you all get dressed
ellos/ellas
ustedes
se visten they get dressed
you all get dressed

Note that you'll only hear the form vosotros/vosotras in Spain, when addressing a group of people in an informal situation. In the rest of the Spanish-speaking countries, everyone uses the form ustedes in all situations.

Using the Verb Vestirse

When using vestirse on its own, we need to conjugate it, as we saw before, but when preceded by another conjugated verb or by a preposition, we just keep its infinitive. So, use the infinitive after expressions such as:

  • Quiero (I want to)
  • Me apetece (I feel like)
  • Me gustaría (I'd like to)
  • Tengo/Tenemos que (I/We have to)
  • Tardo/tarda en (I/He/She takes a long time to)

Also, since vestirse is reflexive, we'll attach the reflexive pronouns to the infinitive, depending on the person we're referring to. For example, you could say:

  • Tenemos que vestirnos rápido. (We have to get dressed quickly.)
  • Mi hermana siempre tarda en vestirse. (My sister always takes a long time to get dressed.)

Translation: I do not feel like getting dressed today.
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What about yourself? Answer these questions:

  • ¿Cómo te gustaría vestirte hoy? (How would you like to dress today?)
  • ¿Cuánto tarda tu hermana o tu mejor amiga en vestirse? (How long does your sister or best friend take to get dressed?)

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How to Use 'Vestirse' in Spanish

'Vestirse' is a reflexive verb that requires a particular conjugation. However, it remains in the infinitive when it goes after another verb. So, keeping that in mind, translate the following sentences to Spanish.

  1. They get dressed every day after they shower and brush their teeth.
  2. I don't feel like getting dressed for the party right now, I'd rather stay home watching TV.
  3. She doesn't usually get dressed on the weekend because she likes to work on her pajamas from her studio.
  4. We can leave when you want but we have to get dressed before going out.
  5. I would like to get dressed faster but since I broke my ankle it takes me twice as long to get dress.

Answers:

  1. Se visten todos los días después de ducharse y lavarse los dientes.
  2. No me apetece vestirme para la fiesta ahora mismo, preferiría quedarme en casa viendo la televisión.
  3. Ella normalmente no se viste el fin de semana porque a ella le gusta trabajar en pijama desde su estudio.
  4. Nos podemos ir cuando quieras pero tenemos que vestirnos antes de salir.
  5. Me gustaría vestirme más rápido pero desde que me rompí el tobillo tardo el doble en vestirme.

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