‘True’ reflexive verbs + dative

There are also a few ‘true’ reflexive verbs that need a reflexive pronoun in the dative. The most important are:

sich aneignen to learn/acquire
sich einbilden to get hold of an idea
sich verbitten not to tolerate something
sich vornehmen to intend to do
sich vorstellen to imagine something
sich überlegen to think something over

Here are some of them in use:
Überleg dir das noch mal!
Think it over again!

Ich habe mir fest vorgenommen mit dem Rauchen aufzuhören.
I firmly intend to stop smoking.

Stellt euch vor, ihr seid im Amazonas!
Imagine you are in the Amazon!

Remember that the reflexive dative pronouns only differ from the accusative in the first and second person singular: ich → mir and du → dir

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