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A middle verb is one that is grammatically active, though the meaning is closer to the passive. In some languages, this is recognised as a voice.
Porcelain breaks easily.
Porcelain doesn't break anything, though the sentence is active, but porcelain can be broken easily. This is an example of a middle verb, where it shows features of both the active and the passive.
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