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    What is the term for verbs that tie back to the subject?

    I am trying to find out what the term for a certain type of verb is. Unfortunately I just cannot think of a clear example in English. In Danish the verbs are called "reflektive," meaning verbs where the object of the sentence is another form of the subject.
    If anyone here knows Italian, I believe that the Italian phrase for "for sale" uses this type of verb to describe how something is "selling itself."
    I know that my question is a little unclear, but I would really appreciate some help.
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    Re: What is the term for verbs that tie back to the subject?

    Could the word you're looking for be reflexive?

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    Re: What is the term for verbs that tie back to the subject?

    Oh, good! Its the same. We unfortunately tend to give grammatical terms a different name in Danish, instead of just using the latin ones that other people can understand. Obviously not the case here if reflective is the "real" term.
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    Re: What is the term for verbs that tie back to the subject?

    Note the spelling. A mirror is reflective, a pronoun can be reflexive.

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    Re: What is the term for verbs that tie back to the subject?

    Thank you. I'd never have noticed the difference in spelling.
    Is it the pronoun that follows the verb or the verb itself that is called reflexive?

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    Re: What is the term for verbs that tie back to the subject?

    Both are possible - there are reflexive pronouns and, in many languages, reflexive verbs (the latter may or may not include a reflexive pronoun as part of their form).

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