Reflexive Verbs for intermediate learners

Reflexive verbs are verbs that are used transitively to reflect back to the subject. Let us learn more. Follow the article.

"Reflexive Verbs" in the English Grammar

What Are Reflexive Verbs?

Reflexive verbs are those verbs whose direct objects are the same as their subjects. These verbs reflect an action that is done by the subject to itself.


All reflexive verbs are transitive verbs because they must have an object.

Reflexive verbs are used with reflexive pronouns: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves in English. For example:

I cut myself while chopping carrots.

She stopped herself from crying.

How to Identify Reflexive Verbs?

In English, reflexive verbs are not a distinct category of words, and they do not have a special conjugation pattern. Instead, other words within a sentence can help us identify a reflexive verb.

She introduced herself to the class.

He takes himself seriously.

Reflexive verbs are transitive verbs that are accompanied by a reflexive pronoun.

He is trying to convince himself to accept the offer.

He washed himself.


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