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False reflexives II: Italian grammar lesson 154

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To practice this grammar topic, take Lesson 154 of Ripeti Con Me!

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False reflexives in Italian

As we have seen in the previous lesson, the riflessivi impropri, or false reflexives are verbs that look like reflexives but are not. They can take 3 forms:

  • la forma riflessiva apparente;
  • la forma riflessiva reciproca;
  • la forma pronominale.

In this lesson, we’ll look at the second one, la forma riflessiva reciproca (reciprocal reflexives.)

reflexive si mi ti Italian

Reciproci: Explained

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As you can probably guess form the name, in this form the verbs will express a reciprocal action. In this case, the action is both performed and experienced by the subject.

  • Voi non vi salutate.
    You do not say hi to each other.
  • I ragazzi si sono picchiati.
    The guys beat each other.
  • Fabio e Massimo si salutano.
    Fabio and Massimo say hi to each other.

As you can see from the translations, in this form the pronominal particles (ci, si, vi) have the meaning of “each other”.

noi ci voi vi loro si italian

Reciproci: Rules

Since we are talking about a reciprocal action, in this form we will only be able to conjugate the verb in the plural, with the personal pronouns noi, voi, loro (we, you plural, they). The verbs that can be conjugated in this form are always transitive, which means they take a direct object. In this case, the direct object is the pronominal particle ci, vi or si, “each other”.

  • Loro si aiutano.
    They hate each other.
  • Noi ci siamo lasciati.
    We broke up – We left each other.
  • Perché vi odiate?
    Why do you hate each other?

reciprocal verbs Italian

Reciproci: Conjugation

(to help e.o.)
(to hate e.o.)
(to greet e.o.)
noi ci aiutiamo ci odiamo ci salutiamo
voi vi aiutate vi odiate vi salutate
loro, Loro si aiutano si odiano si salutano


Passato Prossimo
(to help e.o.)
(to hate e.o.)
(to greet e.o.)
noi  ci siamo aiutati/e ci siamo odiati/e ci siamo salutati/e
voi  vi siete aiutati/e vi siete odiati/e vi siete salutati/e
loro, Loro si sono aiutati/e si sono odiati/e si sono salutati/e


To practice this grammar topic, take Lesson 154 of Ripeti Con Me!

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