Reflexive verbs + prepositions

A number of reflexive verbs are normally used together with a preposition, such as sich erinnern + an or sich interessieren + für:

Sie erinnert sich an ihren ersten Freund.
She remembers her first boyfriend.
Interessiert ihr euch für Fußball?
Are you interested in football?

Other examples include: sich ärgern über ‘to be annoyed about’, sich aufregen über ‘to be upset, angry about’, sich beschweren über/bei ‘to complain about/to’, sich freuen auf ‘to look forward to’, sich freuen über ‘to be happy about/with’.

Structures with accusative and dative objects
In structures where the reflexive verb occurs with an accusative and dative object, the reflexive pronoun is usually in the dative:

Ich habe mir (dat.) den Rücken (acc.) verletzt.
I’ve hurt my back.
Ich ziehe mir (dat.) den Mantel (acc.) an.
I put on my coat.
Wasch dir (dat.) bitte die Hände! (acc.)
Wash your hands, please!
Wir haben uns (dat.) die Zähne (acc.) geputzt.
We (have) cleaned our teeth.

As shown in these examples, in English these structures usually use a possessive adjective (‘my’, ‘your’ etc.) instead of a reflexive pronoun.

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