Unit 3.1

Reflexive Pronouns



Pronouns are words used to avoid repetitions of a noun.

Reflexive pronouns are used to emphasise the subject of the sentence.


Reflexive pronouns can be considered as the combination of possessive adjectives and the word self for singular and selves for plurals.

Subject Pronoun Reflexive Pronoun
I myself
You yourself
He himself
She herself
It itself*
We ourselves
You yourselves
They themselves



  • I managed to find my way around the old city myself.
  • You need to forgive yourself. 
  • He poured himself a drink. 
  • She would do anything to save herself.
  • We allowed ourselves to celebrate. 
  • How do you call yourselves?
  • The employees shouldn’t blame themselves when clients don’t want to buy a product.


We use reflexive pronouns to express actions where the subject and the object refer to the same person or thing.

In other words the person who performs the action is also the person who is subjected to the action and experiences it.


Reflexive pronouns are used to refer back to the subject of the sentence. We distinguish them by number (-self is singular, -selves is plural) and gender.

They are: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves and themselves.

For example:
— “I have to prepare myself for the shopping centre.” = Myself refers to the subject (I).
♦ “I have to prepare my clothes and hair for the shopping centre.” = My refers to the object (clothes).

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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