Reflexive Pronouns with Examples in English

Reflexive Pronouns with Examples in English

Reflexive pronouns emphasize the subject or object of a sentence by referring to the same person or thing. They always end in -self or -selves. Essentially, reflexive pronouns show when the object of a sentence is simultaneously also the subject of a sentence. The term reflexive indicates that a reflexive pronoun reflects back upon a sentence’s subject.


There are nine reflexive pronouns in the English language are: myself, yourself, himself, herself, oneself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves. They can function as a direct object or indirect object in a sentence. Each of these can also act as an intensive pronoun, as explained further below.

Finally, there is the category of intensive pronouns, which are reflexive pronouns used to emphasize the subject, often to indicate that they completed the action as opposed to someone else. It’s easy to tell when a word ending in -self or -selves is being used as an intensive pronoun, since you can remove it any not significantly change the meaning of the sentence.


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