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Reflexive verbs have the same subject and object, meaning that the doer of the action also receives the action. I wash myself is a reflexive statement.

Reflexive verbs are not conjugated differently than other Portuguese verbs. The only difference is that they are accompanied by the reflexive pronouns (meaning myself, yourself, etc.). A dictionary or reference guide will list reflexive verbs with the third person reflexive pronoun se himself, herself, itself, themselves attached to the verb (lavar-se to wash oneself).

Some reflexive verbs are unexpected, since their meaning does not seem to be inherently reflexive. Ir-se literally translates to go oneself, but it simply means to go away. Eu me vou! means I'm leaving! (literally I myself go).

See the section on using pronouns with verbs to understand where to place the reflexive pronouns in relation to the verb.