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Unit 3.1

Reflexive Pronouns

Pronouns

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).

SUBJECT PRONOUNREFLEXIVE PRONOUN
Imyself
Youyourself
Hehimself
Sheherself
Ititself*
Weourselves
Youyourselves
Theythemselves

*(object/animal)

  • 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 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 emphasise 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 center.” = Myself refers to the subject (I).
♦ “I have to prepare my clothes and hair for the shopping center.” = 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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