Reflexive pronouns are most widely used when the object and the subject of a sentence are the same. They are also used to refer back to the subject and put an emphasis on what or who is being referred to in the expression or who is performing the action.
Formulation: Reflexive pronouns are formed by adding the ending -self to the singular form pronouns and -selves for the plural forms. The primary stem varies from being subject and object pronoun, therefore, they need to be learned by heart from the table below to avoid any mistakes.
|Subject pronouns||Reflexive pronouns||Reflexive pronouns examples|
|I||Myself = My + self||I challenged myself to run faster.|
|You||Yourself = Your + self||Did you remove yourself from the list?|
|He||Himself = Him + self||He couldn't carry it himself.|
|She||Herself = Her + self||She sent me this letter herself.|
|It||Itself = It + self||The dog barely saw it itself.|
|We||Ourselves = Our + selves||We tried doing it ourselves but we failed.|
|You||Yourselves = Your + selves||You can help yourselves to a drink.|
|They||Themselves = Them + selves||They made the plan themselves last night.|
Warning: Be mindful as with reflexive pronouns the "You" form differs for singular and plural form.
English reflexive pronouns list: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves
Reflexive pronouns and transitive verbs are often used together. The most commonly applied ones with reflexive pronouns are: blame, cut, enjoy, help, hurt, dry, introduce, prepare, teach.
"By" accompanied by a reflexive pronoun is used to emphasize that an action has already been carried out and to indicate that the action is done by the person/s alone rather than by anyone else.
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