A reflexive verb requires a reflexive pronoun when it refers to an action affecting the subject of the sentence. Generally, the same verb can also be used non-reflexively, the reflexive pronoun can be either in the accusative or dative case, depending upon its function in the sentence.

Examples in German:

I wash (myself) quickly.
Ich wasche mich schnell.

I wash the car quickly.
Ich wasche schnell das Auto.

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