How are reflexive verbs used?
A reflexive verb is a verb which is used in a structure where the object (possibly implied) is identical to the subject.
Note that a reflexive verb is always transitive (with a subject and an object), although (especially in English) the object may be implied.
Here is an example:
or (with the object may explicit)
A reflexive "verb" is really a verb used with a reflexive pronoun. It "reflects" the action from the subject to the direct object.
We use a reflexive pronoun after a transitive verb (see Clauses, Sentences and Phrases) when the direct object is the same as the subject of the verb:
I am teaching myself to play the piano.
Be careful with that knife. You might cut yourself .