Background (these are some assumptions I'm making. I'm writing these out in case my assumptions are incorrect) :
- Suppose you have a simple sentence with a transitive verb, and you re-write that sentence with an object pronoun. If the object of the object pronoun is the same as the subject, then that pronoun is considered reflexive; and thus the verb is considered to be in a pronominal form.
- Je regarde toi.
- Je te regarde. (not pronominal)
- Je regarde moi.
- Je me regarde. (considered to be pronominal)
Whether or not a verb is considered to be pronomial matters, because being pronominal might change its meaning, and in compound tenses, the auxillary verb will be être instead of avoir, and if the object is a direct object, the past participle will have to agree with the subject/object for gender and number. (example: it is "Je me suis regardé(e)", and not "J'ai regardé").
- Perhaps surprisingly, if the object pronoun is reflexive, and would have been one of the third person direct object pronouns ("le", "la", "les") or third person indirect object pronouns ("lui", "leurs"), the object pronoun is written as "se" instead.
- Alice regarde Bob. Alice le regard.
- Alice regarde Alice.
Alice la regard.Alice se regarde.
- Alice téléphone à Alice.
Alice lui téléphone. Alice se télephone.
- But it is possible to have "Elle la regarde" and "Elle lui téléphone", if the object and the subject are different. That is, if the object pronoun is not reflexive.
- Alice regarde Samantha. Alice la regarde. Elle la regarde.
- Alice téléphone à Samantha. Alice lui téléphone. Elle lui téléphone.
My question wonders if the pronoun is considered reflexive in cases where the subject and object are a subset or superset of each other, and so not exactly the same.
- I'm part of a team of five people. Myself and Alice believe that our team is not trying hard enough. At a team meeting, the two of us (myself and Alice) warn all five of us that the two of us will be watching all five of us closely. "Nous nous regardons". Is the object pronoun considered reflexive, or not?