Reflexive pronouns are also used for emphasis. In this case, they are referred to as intensive pronouns. For example, in the sentence "I spoke to the president himself", the speaker emphasizes that he spoke to the president personally NOT somebody else.
"I always do my homework myself. Nobody helps me."
"He never does his homework himself. The teacher always helps him."
In the above examples, the reflexive/intensive pronouns can be removed without changing the meaning.
Subject Pronouns Reflexive Pronouns I myself you yourself he himself she herself it itself we ourselves you yourselves they themselves
1. Reflexive pronouns are used when the subject and the object refer to the same thing:
- He blames himself for what happened.
- You might cut yourself.
- We will enjoy ourselves in the party.
2. Reflexive pronouns may be used as the object of a preposition:
- He made a cup of coffee for himself.
- He was talking to himself.
- She did the job by herself.
I look at myself in the mirror.
3. Reflexive pronouns are also used for emphasis. In this case they are called intensive pronouns. Intensive pronouns can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence.
- I met the king himself.
- The president himself announced the news.
- He sent the letter himself
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