What are some examples of reflection pronouns

Learning German grammar - the reflexive pronouns in German

The following article provides information on the German reflexive pronouns.
The article explains the usage and grammatical peculiarities
of the German relative pronoun.
For what level is this blog article written?
This article on the topic of "The German Reflexive Pronouns" is aimed at everyone who speaks German from the Level A2 learn.

1. An overview of the German reflexive pronouns and other pronouns in the German language

The reflexive pronouns or related pronouns are only a part of the German pronouns:

2. The function of the reflexive pronoun

The reflexive pronoun, like all pronouns, has a representative function.
In particular, a reflexive pronoun refers to a clause within a sentence.
It can therefore take up a reference to the subject of the sentence.


    The cook is washing yourself hands.
    The children play up her Playground.
    I buy me a new ball.

3. The form of the reflexive pronoun

The forms of the reflexive pronouns are in most cases identical to the forms of the personal pronouns. In German there is only one clearly differentiated form between personal pronouns and reflexive pronouns: yourself

The pronoun "yourself" does not distinguish between the classic inflectional features such as gender (gender) or number (singular or plural) and is only used in the accusative and dative case.


    Peter washes yourself the face. (3rd person, mask., Singular, accusative)
    Keep the children busy yourself on the playground. (3rd person, neuter, plural, accusative)
    she buys yourself a house. (3rd person, fem., Singular, accusative)
Only the 3rd person singular and plural differs from the forms of the personal pronouns.
youto youyou
he she ityourselfyourself
youto youto you

If you are no longer familiar with the forms of personal pronouns,
you can read them again here.

4. Real and spurious reflexive pronouns

The German language can distinguish between real and fake Make reflexive pronouns.
A more understandable description would be "necessary" and "not necessary".

In German there are verbs that rely on a reflexive pronoun.
Below are a few Examples::
These verbs rely on a reflexive pronoun. Therefore, one speaks of real reflexive pronouns in reflexive verbs.

A small compilation of the most important reflexive verbs can be found here.

When the reflexive pronoun does not necessarily have to be used, one speaks of one spurious reflexive pronouns.


    She's buying a book. / She's buying a book.
    He paints a picture. / He's drawing a picture.
    We read a book to ourselves. / We're reading a book.
These verbs are not necessarily associated with a reflexive pronoun. Can also be used in a sentence without this.
For information on other pronouns, feel free to go deeper on our blog.