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Old August 23, 2018, 07:20 PM
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Tocar vs. Tocarse

Why is it "Ella se toca el pelo" instead of "Ella toca su pelo"?
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When one is touching one's own hair, the reflexive verb (tocarse) is required.

The other sentence says that 'she' is touching someone else's hair. The possessive adjective/determiner 'su' can mean 'his'/'her' (someone other than herself)/'its'/'your' (formal). So, the other sentence is quite ambiguous without any context.
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