Verbs with a dative object

Many verbs that require a dative object can be used with a dative reflexive pronoun if the action focuses on the subject itself:

With a dative object → Reflexive
Ich werde dem Kind helfen.Ich werde mir selbst helfen.
I will help the child.→ I will help myself.
Du schadest der Umwelt. → Damit schadest du dir.
You are harming the environment → You are harming yourself with that.

Other verbs belonging to this group are: sich widersprechen ‘to contradict oneself’, sich erlauben ‘to allow oneself something’, sich leisten ‘to be able to afford something’, sich zumuten ‘to ask something of oneself’.

 

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