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Reciprocity When plural subjects have reflexive pronouns, there are actually two possible interpretations.  Reflexive pronouns can indicate that the action of the verb falls back on the subject, or reciprocity.  That means the people represented by the plural subject do the action of the verb to each other.  Sometimes it is obvious that the reflexive pronoun is being used to indicate reciprocity. For example: Ellos se casaron el 21 de mayo.   They married (each other) on May 21st. Technically, the sentence could be stating that they married themselves, but logic allows us to 
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Unformatted text preview: assume that reciprocity is indicated. The other use of the reflexive can be assumed in a sentence, such as: Nosotros nos baamos cada maana. We bathe ourselves each morning. It is possible, but not probable, that we bathe each other. When a reflexive verb has a plural subject, there will be two possible translations, but the context of the sentence should give away the correct interpretation. This problem does not occur when the subject is singular because it is impossible to have reciprocity with only one person....
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