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Unit 3.1

Pronouns – Reflexive


Pronouns are words used to avoid repetitions of a noun. {see Pronouns – Subject, A1 Level}

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” (“selves” for plurals).

I myself 1st – sing.
You yourself 2nd – sing.
He himself 3rd – sing. masculine
She herself 3rd – sing. feminine
It itself 3rd – sing. neutral*
We ourselves 1st – pl.
You yourselves 2nd – pl
They themselves  3rd – pl.


  • I baked this cake myself. (Nobody helped me.)
  • The businessman replied to the customer himself.
  • The employees shouldn’t blame themselves when clients don’t want to buy a product.

Reflexive pronouns are usually used to talk about actions where the subject and the object of a sentence refer to the same person. In other words the person who performs the action is also the person who is subjected to the action and experiences it.

We use reflexive pronouns to emphasise the subject of the sentence. As with all pronouns, we distinguish pronouns by number (“-self” is singular, “-selves” is plural) and gender (masculine, feminine, neutral).

For example:
— “I have to prepare myself for the party.” = I is the performer and myself is the one who experiences the action in this case they refer to the same person.

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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