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Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive pronouns: an object pronoun that refers back to the subject.

 

*use a reflexive pronoun when the subject and the object are the same person or thing.*

 

Examples:

I hurt myself.

I = subject

Hurt = verb

Myself = reflexive pronoun (object pronoun)

 

She needs to help herself.

She = subject

Herself = reflexive pronoun (refers back to “she”)

 

This door locks itself

 

Door = Subject

Itself = reflexive pronoun (refers to “door”)

 

Note: adding the preposition “by” + a reflexive pronoun changes the meaning to “alone.”

 

Sentence: Meaning:
I made it myself. I made it with no help.
They are by themselves. They are alone.
He is eating by himself. He is eating alone.

 

Reflexive pronouns end in “self” or “selves”

Myself Ourselves Yourselves
Himself Yourself Herself
Themselves Itself

 

*remember not to use the reflexive in place of the shorter personal pronoun.

 

NO: Both Erin and myself are going.

YES: Both Erin and I are going.

 

NO: Yourself will have fun at the lunch.

YES: You will have fun at the lunch.

 

*End of lesson on reflexive pronouns*