Reflexive pronouns in Italian (myself, each other)
Italian reflexive pronouns (myself, yourself, each other)
We use reflexive pronouns (pronomi riflessivi) when the subject and object of the sentence coincide.
Italian reflexive pronouns chart
Remember! The reflexive pronoun of third person plural and singular sé (sometimes followed by "Stesso" (self), declinable in gender and number) is always stressed and usually follows a preposition.
|Si tiene tutti i soldi per sé.||He keeps all the money for himself.|
|Parla solo di sè stesso.||He only talks about himself.|
|Loro hanno tenuto questo segreto per sè.||They kept this secret for themselves.|
Let's analize some examples.
|Ogni mattina mi sveglio alle 8.||Every morning I wake up at 8.|
|Come ti senti oggi?||How do you feel today?|
|Di solito mi vesto prima di uscire.||I usually get dressed before I leave.|
|Ultimamente mi alzo presto.||Lately I wake up early.|
|Ogni volta che torno a casa mi lavo le mani.||Every time I go back home I wash my hands.|
|Prima devo pettinarmi i capelli.||I have to brush my hair first.|
|Mario si taglia la barba.||Mario is shaving is beard.|
Reciprocal reflexive pronouns (each other)
Two or more subjects act toward each other, mutually.
This meaning could be expressed either by a reflexive pronouns, or by expressions such as "a vicenda", that corresponds to each other.
|E' strano che non si parlino a vicenda.||It's weird they don't talk to each other.|
|Quando ci siamo salutati eravamo all'aeroporto.||When we said goodbye to each other we were at the airport.|
|Non ci separeremo mai.||We will never part.|
Position in a sentence
Reflexive pronouns are usually merged with the verb if the verb is an infinite, gerund or participle.
Otherwise, the pronoun goes between subject and verb.
|Vorrei spazzolarmi i capelli.||I would like to brush my hair.|
|Mentre io aspettavo fuori Maria si spazzolava i capelli.||While I was waiting outside, Maria was brushing her hair.|
|Prima di uscire devo lavarmi.||Before going out, I have to wash myself|
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