Italian reflexive verbs (verbi riflessivi) are verbs whose subject acts on itself…
…such as I dress myself – io mi vesto – or we enjoy ourselves – noi ci divertiamo. A verbo riflessivo always comes with a reflexive pronoun, a small particle, which is strictly related to the subject of the sentence
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In the examples, we can see some common reflexive verbs, different tenses and pronouns. Italian pronouns can be confusing at times. Let’s see a typical conjugation of verbi riflessivi in it simplest form, the presente indicativo.
The dictionary form of reflexive verbs is the infinitive followed by –si. For example, lavare is the regular form of the verb “to wash”, while lavarsi is the reflexive form.
Where to put the pronoun
Plural and compound forms
That’s a basic overview of the Italian verbi riflessivi. I hope the examples are helpful. Solve the quiz for more examples and podcast.