Reciprocal Verbs and Reciprocal Pronouns
You can use reciprocal verbs to indicate that two or more people are performing an action on one another. The most common translation is that two or more people do something to or with each other.
Reciprocal verbs are a combination of a verb and a reciprocal pronoun. Since reciprocal actions are always two or more people performing an action on or to each other, there are only 3 reciprocal pronouns, and all of them are plural.
List of Reciprocal Pronouns
|1st person||to, for, from, or off ourselves|
|2nd person||to, for, from, or off yourselves|
|3rd person||to, for, from, or off themselves, yourselves|
Note that reciprocal pronouns have the exact same forms as reflexive pronouns. To differentiate a reflexive action from a reciprocal action, the use of expressions such as uno al otro , uno a otro , mutuamente , recíprocamente , entre sí , etc. can be added to a phrase to show the subjects are performing the action on each other rather than themselves. All these expressions can be roughly translated as each other, one another or mutually.
List of Common Reciprocal Verbs
While there is no definite list of reciprocal verbs, below you will find a chart of some very common ones.