I need help with "sich"

Jason-H January 12, 2011, 11:01 pm
I often hear a "word" in German sentences, the word is "sich". I do not have a total understanding of what this means and how it is used. I have a dictionary and can read the "definitions", but I don't quite get it.

thx.
I need help with "sich"
Prussian-Turtle January 22, 2011, 12:09 am
Disclaimer: I'm not a native German speaker, just a fellow student, so if my answer is faulty in any way, feel free to correct me!

"Sich" is a reflexive pronoun used when an action reflects back onto the speaker(s). For example: "Er rasiert sich" = He shaves himself, or "Sie freuen sich"=They please (themselves)/They are glad. Since there are a lot of reflexive verbs in German, its probably a good idea to learn when to use "sich"-for instance, "sich benehmen"-to behave (oneself) has a different meaning that simply "benehmen"-to take away.

Other times, it's used more in an idiomatic sense, when there the verbs aren't reflexive. Example: "Die Welt dreht sich um die Sonne." -The world revolves (itself) around the sun...Read More
Disclaimer: I'm not a native German speaker, just a fellow student, so if my answer is faulty in any way, feel free to correct me!

"Sich" is a reflexive pronoun used when an action reflects back onto the speaker(s). For example: "Er rasiert sich" = He shaves himself, or "Sie freuen sich"=They please (themselves)/They are glad. Since there are a lot of reflexive verbs in German, its probably a good idea to learn when to use "sich"-for instance, "sich benehmen"-to behave (oneself) has a different meaning that simply "benehmen"-to take away.

Other times, it's used more in an idiomatic sense, when there the verbs aren't reflexive. Example: "Die Welt dreht sich um die Sonne." -The world revolves (itself) around the sun. I am certainly not an expert on this, so if any of this is wrong, correction would be most helpful, indeed.
I need help with "sich"

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