Grammatica

V pron-refl

Verbs with other meanings

There are a number of other verbs which have this pattern.
She had decided to avenge herself and all the other women he had abused.
One day when I locked myself out I discovered I could put my arm through the back-door catflap and turn the key on the inside.
She lay still for a few seconds, trying to orient herself.
A passing backpacker looked left and then right and then began to relieve himself all over the Royal Opera House wall.
Pamela was beginning to reproach herself for letting Rosie down.
The Subject of all the verbs is typically a person, except for burn out, where the Subject is fire.
The fire commissioner said either the fire will burn itself out or the sprinklers will get it.
  • avenge
  • disarm
  • disguise
  • dress
  • orient
  • relieve
  • reproach
  • soap
  • burn out
  • dig in
  • dust down
  • give up
  • lock out
  • In the case of one verb, be, the reflexive pronoun is a Complement. Only the forms be and being are used.
    'What do I have to do?' I asked. Tony laughed. 'Just be yourself. Nothing more.'
    With George she felt completely at her ease, capable of being herself in his company.
  • be
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