Position of the reflexive pronoun

If the subject is a noun: If the subject is a noun, the reflexive pronoun usually appears after the finite verb:

Seine kleine Schwester interessiert sich für Rapmusik.
His younger sister is interested in rap music.

In a subordinate clause the reflexive pronoun usually comes before the subject:

Es ist klar, dass sich Claudia entschuldigen muss.
It is clear that Claudia has to apologise.

If the subject is a personal pronoun: If the subject is a personal pronoun the reflexive pronoun often appears after the subject:

Gestern hat sie sich von dem Schrecken erholt.
She recovered from the shock yesterday.

However, if the sentence starts with a pronoun as the subject the reflexive pronoun is placed after the finite verb:

Er sollte sich mal rasieren.
He should have a shave.

In the imperative : The reflexive pronoun usually appears after the personal pronoun:

Bedanken wir uns!
Let’s say thank you!

Stellen Sie sich das vor!
Imagine that!

With the du and ihr imperative forms the reflexive pronoun appears after the finite verb:

Zieh dir die Jacke an!
Put on your jacket!

Benehmt euch!
Behave yourselves!

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