Reciprocal verbs in Italian are used to express actions that two or more subjects perform mutually, indicating a reciprocal exchange. These verbs are conjugated with reflexive pronouns (or reciprocal pronouns) only in the plural form.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The key difference between reflexive verbs and reciprocal verbs lies in the interaction: reflexive actions are self-directed, while reciprocal actions are mutual or shared between subjects.
  • Common reciprocal verbs are: “abbracciarsi” (to hug each other), “aiutarsi” (to help each other), “capirsi” (to understand each other), “guardarsi” (to look at each other), and “parlarsi” (to talk to each other).

Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #110: Twelve Italian Phrasal Verbs.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #77: Twenty Common Irregular Italian Verbs.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Irregular Past Participles Learning Map, a guide summarizing the most common irregular past participles in Italian.

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