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reflexive verb

Reflexive verbs are verbs whose subjects are also their direct objects—that is, the action of the verb is both committed and received by the same person or thing. Reflexive verbs are sometimes identified as being in the “middle voice” (as opposed to the active voice or the passive voice).
Reflexive verbs can most easily be identified by the use of reflexive pronouns, which are used as the direct object and refer back to the subject of the sentence.
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Noun1.reflexive verb - a verb whose agent performs an action that is directed at the agent; "the sentence `he washed' has a reflexive verb"; "`perjure' is a reflexive verb because you cannot perjure anyone but yourself"
verb - a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence
Translations
refleksiiviverbi
povratni glagol
afturbeygð sögn
wederkerend werkwoord
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The Hebrew word lehitpallel, to pray, is a reflexive verb, that could more accurately be translated as "to judge oneself.
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There is a difference in the two phrases: a reflexive verb is used the second time, in order to stress how reciprocal violence within the body politic ends up being violence against oneself.
Data were analyzed from two perspectives: prevalence of the various grammar forms - transitive, intransitive, and reflexive verb forms, along with the total frequency of verbs, nouns, and adjectives, and person and number of pronouns; and prevalence of particular words - the ten most frequent verbs, nouns, and adjectives in each group of early adolescents.
36) Referred to in grammars of LT as the reflexive verb or the 'middle' verb.
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This construction type that makes use of the general reflexive verb "let itself", zich laten in Dutch and sich lassen in German, can be illustrated by the following Dutch and German examples.
Data were analyzed from two perspectives: prevalence of the various grammar forms--transitive, intransitive, and reflexive verb forms, along with the total frequency of verbs, nouns, and adjectives, and person and number of pronouns; and prevalence of particular words--the ten most frequent verbs, nouns, and adjectives in each group of early adolescents.
Moreover, the reflexive verb loggarsi expresses the reflexive meaning of to log (oneself) in.