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The Italian “verbi riflessivi”

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I verbi riflessivi: The reflexive verbs have the same conjugation of verbs in -are, -ere, -ire, but before the verb we must put a reflexive pronoun. Generally the pronoun means “myself, yourself …” or we use the reflexive verb instead of “my, your, … “ (but also the reflexive pronoun can express a generic relation with the subject or it can indicate a reciprocal value between people). [Mind: read the text]


Pronomi riflessivi

 Reflexive pronouns





Si (masculine – sing.)


Si (feminine -sing.)










Look out!  In Italian we say:


Lavare – non riflessivo

(Io) lavo

(Tu) lavi

(Lui/lei) lava

(Noi) laviamo

(Voi) lavate

(Loro) lavano

Lavare + si (generic reflexive pronoun) = Lavarsi


Lavarsi – riflessivo



mi lavo I wash myself


ti lavi you wash yourself


si lava he/she/it washes himself/herself


ci laviamo we wash ourselves


vi lavate you wash yourselves


si lavano they wash themselves

and also we say:


Chiamare – non riflessivo

(Io) chiamo = I call

(Tu) chiami = You call

(Lui/lei) chiama = He/She calls

(Noi) chiamiamo = …

(Voi) chiamate = …

(Loro) chiamano = …



Chiamare + si


Chiamarsi – riflessivo

=I call myself


mi chiamo Monica My name is Monica


ti chiami … your name is …


si chiama …


ci chiamiamo …


vi chiamate …


si chiamano …

E devo dire ( = And I have to say):



Mi pettino ( = I comb myself) = I comb my hair
Mi lavo i denti (= I wash my own teeth) = I clean my teeth
Ci vediamo presto (= I see you and you see me soon) = I see you soon

Reflexive verbs are also:

Svegliarsi To wake up
Alzarsi To get up/ to stand up
Addommentarsi To fall asleep
Arrabbiarsi To get angry
Incontrarsi To meet each others
Vedersi To see each others
Mettersi To Put on (a dress …)
Togliersi To take off (a dress …)
Sedersi To Sit down
Divertirsi To amuse/to enjoy
Sentirsi bene/meglio To feel well/better
Sentirsi To be in touch

Now read this text [click here]


Be careful! There is a special situation: the verb “to ask” along with the verb “to wonder” is the Italian pair “chiedere/chiedersi”. If you use the verb “to ask” we use “chiedere” but if you say “to wonder” we say “chiedersi” (the reflexive of to ask).


Lui si sta ancora chiedendo come ciò è/sia potuto accadere = He’s still wondering how that could have happened
Mi chiedo se è/sia malata = I wonder whether she is ill

25 Responses to “The Italian “verbi riflessivi””

  1. Heather Baltman said

    Thank Goodness! Some one who can give me a good answer!

  2. Marija said

    thank you very much :*

  3. Rani saada said

    molte grazie adesso io capito i verbi riflessivi

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  6. nofar said

    molte grazie. finalamente ho capito come si deve usare i questi verbi

  7. luna menghisteab said

    hi thank you very much
    it really helped me on my exam.you have a good website.

    • Monica said

      Allora… “in bocca al lupo!” … e che “crepi il lupo!”
      Ciao Luna

      • Mironshoh said

        Monica sono regazzo di Uzbeka,Come tu suggetira mi practice mio lingua,Grazia Mironshoh

      • Monica Corrias said

        Ciao, devi assolutamente ascoltare la musica italiana, vedere la tv e i film italiani, ma soprattutto conversare con gli italiani (se non sei in italia usa Skype o Fb o simili).
        In bocca al lupo 😉

  8. Ben Simpson said

    Now I finally understand reflexive verbs, grazie mille!!

  9. Mohamad said

    ci sono molto informazioni importante ,,,,, Grazie

  10. Chris said

    By far a very wonderful explanation and some great verbs to add to my very short vocabulary list!!

  11. mariam wadie said

    grazie mille

  12. Malou said

    Una domanda:

    -Lui si è voluto alzare alle nove
    -Lui ha voluto alzarsi alle nove

    Tutte le due frase sono giusto?


  13. Mironshoh said

    Buona informazioni grazia per tutto

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