REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS

REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS

WHAT IS REFLEXIVE PRONOUN?

When we refer back to the subject of a particular sentence or a clause, we call that a reflexive pronoun. These types of pronouns come to an end with ‘-self’ which is singular or even with ‘selves’ which stands plural. 

 

8 REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS

  Reflexive Pronouns
Singular Myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself
Plural Ourselves, yourselves, themselves

REFLEXIVE PRONOUN EXAMPLES

  1. I heard myself before speaking.
  2. Why do you stress yourself?
  3. Kevin treated himself with dinner.
  4. We are not satisfied with ourselves.
  5. Could you love yourself?
  6. She is unable to work after herself.
  7. Let them complete the work themselves.
  8. I would not hurt myself.
 

POINTS TO REMEMBER

There is another part to reflexive pronouns. Note that the reflexive pronouns also act as Intensive pronouns. But, also remember that based on their functions and uses, they differ. An Intensive Pronoun stresses more on its antecedent which means the earlier word to which it refers. 

Remember that the sentence will still make sense even if you are removing intensive pronouns. On the other hand, the sentence would be meaningless if you are removing the reflexive pronoun. In many cases, the intensive pronouns can come after or before the verb.

Understand the concept with the below-mentioned examples:

  1. She posted it by herself.

She herself posted it. 

  1. Have you yourself heard it?

Have you heard it yourself?

  1. I messaged her myself

I myself messaged her.

  1. She herself asked all of us to do it.

Quiz | Reflexive Pronouns

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