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So, I read somewhere this sentence.

Meestal wordt de scope van een variabele bepaald door het blok waar de variabele zich in
bevindt.

Now, why can't we just write it like that?

Meestal wordt de scope van een variabele bepaald door het block waar de variable is bevindt.

Is the modified sentence without using 'zich' correct?

For learning: Dutch
Base language: English
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    No, without "zich" the sentence isn't correct.

    You could say "waar de variable is geplaatst", or "waar de variable is gepositioneerd", but both are passive constructions, and generally look awkward here.

    "zich bevinden" is called a "wederkerend werkwoord": https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wederkerend_werkwoord

    In English, this is called a "reflexive verb": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflexive_verb
    The only example given is "perjure", since one can only perjure oneself. (according to Wikipedia, I haven't really seen that word used much). I think there are very few reflexive verbs in English.

    I suggest you familiarize yourself with the examples of reflexive verbs found on the Dutch wikipedia page. If you study them now, sentences with those verbs will be easier to understand in the future.

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