# How are reflexive verbs used?

Sep 5, 2017

A reflexive verb is a verb which is used in a structure where the object (possibly implied) is identical to the subject.

#### Explanation:

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:
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXXX}}$The acrobat balanced on a high wire.
or (with the object may explicit)
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXXX}}$The acrobat balanced himself on a high wire.

Sep 5, 2017

A reflexive "verb" is really a verb used with a reflexive pronoun. It "reflects" the action from the subject to the direct object.

#### Explanation:

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 .

These are the verbs most often found with reflexive pronouns:
cut
dry
enjoy
hurt
introduce
kill
prepare
see or saw
teach

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/verbs/reflexive-and-ergative-verbs