Reflexive and Reciprocal Verbs in Italian: Beyond the Basics

Thu, 10/27/2022 - 06:54
Older Italian woman looks at a store display of shoes
Signora Spinelli vorrebbe comprarsi nuove scarpe. (Mrs. Spinelli would like to buy herself new shoes) / Photo via Max Nayman on Unsplash

Italian verbs and all their multiple forms may be a real challenge for Italian language learners, but as we have already seen, their conjugation always follows a pattern. That pattern isn't so difficult to memorize, though implementing it readily in speech can be another story! Still, there's always a logic behind their use. 

But before we talk verbs, first, let's talk pronouns. Some Italian verbs become reflexive when we cut off their ending and add a reflexive pronoun (

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