The reciprocal pronouns

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The reciprocal pronoun einander expresses a mutual relationship and can only be used in the plural number with verbs of group II, i.e. with verbs that can also be used as reciprocal. The pronoun einander is invariable in all cases and persons.

 

plural
 
1. person
2. person
3. person
genitive
einander
einander
einander
dative
einander
einander
einander
accusative
einander
einander
einander

 

 

Besides einander, reflexive pronoun types of the plural number can also be used as reciprocal. In this case, the word gegenseitig is often used to clarify the reciprocal relationship.

 

Examples
Wir helfen einander / uns (gegenseitig)
Ihr schminkt einander / euch (gegenseitig)
Sie kämmen einander / sich (gegenseitig)

 

 

Einander is mostly used in combination with a preposition ; they are written in one word. 

 

Examples
Wir kümmern uns umeinander
Ihr denkt oft aneinander
Sie warten aufeinander