Se faire + infinitif

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Se faire + infinitif

Se faire + infinitive has a passive sense, it indicates that the subject has something done to himself or asks someone to do something to or for him. This construction is very commonly used, even more so than the passive form.
Il s’est fait taper he was hit (= il a été tapé)
La souris se fait manger the mouse is eaten (= la souris est mangée)
Je me suis fait couper les cheveux I had my hair cut / my hair was cut (= mes cheveux ont été coupés)

Se faire (aider, manger, etc.) is formed like a pronominal verb, and preceded by a pronoun.
présent
Je me fais aider I am helped
Tu te fais aider you are helped
Il/elle/on se fait aider he / she / we are helped
Nous nous faisons aider we are helped
Vous vous faites aider you are helped
Ils/elles se font aider they are helped
passé composé
Je me suis fait aider I was helped
Tu t’es fait aider you were helped
Il/elle/on s’est fait aider he / she / we were helped
Nous nous sommes fait aider we were helped
Vous vous êtes fait aider you were helped
Ils/elles se sont fait aider they were helped

Note: the past participle fait never agrees when it is followed by an infinitive.
Nous nous sommes fait voler nos bagages We had our bags stolen.conjugaison


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