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Reflexive Verbs in English

By August 3, 2010

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Many languages use quite a number of reflexive verbs. While English uses much fewer reflexive verbs, there are some reflexive verbs as well as other uses for reflexive pronouns. This guide to reflexive pronouns and verbs provides information on the three main uses of reflexive pronouns.


January 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm
(1) said laouar says:

thanks alot for what you provide as lesson information which are worth using in our teaching sessions.keep going…

August 19, 2010 at 3:19 am
(2) stjohn says:

@ reflexive verbs
How can you be so sure we don’t use as many reflexive verbs in English? You can’t be so sure now.
I mean isn’t ‘concentrate’, and ‘remember’ still reflexive – but, in English, simply without the pronoun, much like a ‘zero’ article. The reflexive can also be a silent or implied pronoun.
‘sous-entendu’ just the same way Spanish-speakers needn^t use Subjects.

July 1, 2012 at 1:39 am
(3) cojosco says:

Well, St. John, is “run” a “sous-entendu” reflexive verb? I run myself? The argument that your making is interesting, but where does this “zero” article not exist? Did you get (yourself) up today? Do you take (yourself) a shower? Do you feel (yourself) bad? The fact that we definitely do not use such verbs in a reflexive manner should be made clear to learners of English as an additional language, particularly those who tend to apply their first language grammar to English, making “false friends”.

February 7, 2013 at 9:03 am
(4) rella parker says:

um……sry but its not so informative. Can u add some more info?

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