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Reflexive Pronouns


mirror

Every morning...

I look at myself in the mirror.

What are reflexive pronouns?

Reflexive pronouns are used when the complement of the verb is the same as the subject.

Example:

He hurt himself.

Reflexive pronouns can also be used to give more emphasis to the subject or object.

Example:

I wrote it myself. (I want to emphasize the fact that I wrote it.)

I spoke to the president himself. (I spoke to the president personally NOT somebody else.)

Reflexive pronouns

Subject Pronouns I you he she it we you they
Reflexive Pronouns myself yourself himself herself itself ourselves yourselves themselves
The words " myself, yourself, himself..." are reflexive pronouns. Reflexive pronouns are words that show that the person who does the action is also the person who is affected by it:

Examples:

school homework
"I always do my homework myself. Nobody helps me."

teacher and student
"He never does his homework himself. The teacher always helps him."

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Review:

Personal pronouns Possessive adjectives Possessive pronouns Reflexive pronouns Object pronouns
I my mine myself me
you your yours yourself you
he his his himself him
she her hers herself her
it its its itself it
we our ours ourselves us
you your yours yourselves you
they their theirs themselves them

Exercise on reflexive pronouns.

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