What is a Reflexive verb?| Examples Sentences


 A Reflexive verb is a type of verb in which the verb’s subject is the same as the direct object.

A reflexive verb allows the subject of the sentence to both perform an action and receive that action.

A reflexive verb is one in which the subject of the sentence and object of the sentence is the same.

Reflexive verbs

Type of Verbs, definition and examples

Reflexive verb examples:

  1. to enjoy oneself
  2. to deny oneself
  3. to market oneself
  4. to hurt oneself
  5. to pay oneself
  6. to kill oneself
  7. to convince oneself
  8. to encourage oneself

 If I want to say, I cut myself, I would need to use a reflexive verb because I am both the subject and the object of the sentence;

 I’m cutting myself!

A reflexive verb indicates that the subject both performs an action and receives the direct result of that action.

 For example,

  1. I went to bed.

The action and the result are indicated by the same verb, which means that to go is a reflexive verb in this sentence.

Reflexive verbs may be used in both transitive and intransitive forms, but they are always followed by a reflexive pronoun that refers back to the subject of the sentence.

For example,

  • He killed himself

Involves a reflexive verb because the subject of the sentence (he) and the object of the sentence (himself) are one and the same person.

Useful Examples of Reflexive Verbs:

  1. I am teaching myself to speak English.
  2. Be careful with the knife. Don’t cut yourself!
  3. Sam introduced himself to the new employee.
  4. He hurts himself when he fell down the tree.
  5. He washes his hands in the morning in the garden.
  6. Mrs. Khan bathes her son in the early morning.
  7. The entire society has decided to prevent themselves from diseases.
  8. He cut down his hair and nail yesterday. 
  9. Birds like to fly themselves from tree to tree.
  10.  The dog crosses the road itself.

So in the above sentences, all the bold letters are under the definition of reflexive verbs.