Emphatic or Reflexive Pronouns
Reflexive pronouns direct their action back to the subject. A pronoun that is formed by adding ‘self’ or ‘selves’ to a personal pronoun is called a ‘Reflexive Pronoun’ or ‘Emphatic Pronoun’. Reflexive and emphatic pronouns have the same forms.
It refers to the noun or pronoun which is the subject. It functions as the object of a sentence. It comes after the verb and may also come at the end of the sentence.
- He punished himself for his mistake.
- They promoted themselves to work hard.
- I myself saw him stealing my pen.
- They whitewashed the house themselves.
- You can do it yourself.
- They themselves decided to swim in the river.
Examples of Reflexive Pronouns
|You should blame yourself for the delay.||In this sentence, the reflexive pronoun ‘yourself’ is the object of the verb ‘blame’ and the subject and the object are the same.|
|I shall do it myself.||In this sentence, ‘myself’ is used to emphasize that ‘I’ did something without any help from others.|
|I, myself, have accepted his challenge.||In this sentence, ‘myself’ emphasizes the subject ‘I’|
Reflexive Pronouns Chart
|1st person||myself||I talk to myself when I am nervous or excited.|
|2nd person||yourself||You cut yourself while cutting tomatoes.|
|3rd person (male)||himself||He hurt himself while playing hockey.|
|3rd person (female)||herself||She enjoyed herself at the party.|
|1st person||ourselves||We blame ourselves for the result of the election.|
|2nd person||yourselves||I suppose that you and your brother will have to go there yourselves.|
|3rd person||themselves||They believed in themselves.|
Reflexive Pronouns List
Reflexive Pronouns Example Sentences
Sentences of “Myself”
- I hate myself for not understanding a situation better sooner so I could avoid losing something precious to me.
- I feel bad about myself sometimes.
- I gave it to myself as a gift.
- I am saving some money for myself.
- Last month I sent myself to an English language course. It helped me a lot.
- I introduced myself to her.
- I am going to do it for myself.
- I can not do it just for myself.
- I got bored with myself and could no longer take the boredom.
- I want to see more of myself in my child.
- This is something only I can understand myself.
Sentences of “Himself”
- He bought it for himself.
- Ryan went over the report himself.
- He gave himself a big promotion.
- The Prime Minister promised that he will deal with the economic problems himself.
- People are often surprised that Mr. Jones actually prefers doing things for himself.
- He did not get married, just for himself.
- Steve is a very talented artist; he has painted all of these pictures himself.
- He has to make the most of himself.
- It’s no wonder that he doesn’t listen to himself.
- He worked hard to make himself look respectable.
Sentences of “Herself”
- Has your mother given herself any presents?
- She can’t wait to see herself on TV.
- On vacation, she didn’t need herself to go anywhere or see anyone!
- She is talking to herself in the mirror.
- My friend looked herself up on Google.
- She made her bed with herself in mind.
- She took herself to the zoo!
- When asked to sign the contract, she signed it herself.
- My mother made me lunch and herself a sandwich.
- She did it all by herself.
Sentences of “Yourself”
- Would you teach yourself a skill?
- If you love yourself then that is all you need.
- I think it is important to learn by yourself.
- Don’t get yourself too.
- You should be telling yourself that you are happy with what you do.
- Could you include yourself in your evaluation?
- It can be dangerous to do the job yourself.
- When you visit here you must go to the historic castle yourself.
- You should use yourself to do it.
- Let me help you; you shouldn’t be doing that yourself.
- Buy a new car for yourself.
Sentences of “Oneself”
- I asked oneself a question.
- One should treat oneself well.
- One should do their best oneself.
- No one understands oneself better than oneself.
- It seems that the subway is the fastest way to get to work oneself.
Sentences of “Itself”
- Inasmuch as the book itself is concerned, it’s brilliant reading and highly detailed.
- The book itself is very good indeed.
- This company has such a great reputation for itself, that if you are looking for a quality product, it will never disappoint.
- I think that this situation itself is not easy to handle.
- It grew itself out of control.
- My sweater is grey on itself but it’s blue in the light.
- The building itself is not open to the public.
- He got his diploma from a university itself.
- There was a hole in the wall, and the dog fell in itself.
- The kitten chased its tail – that is, the kitten chased itself.
Sentences of “Yourselves”
- You should all do the work yourselves.
- She cannot save you from yourselves.
- You got yourselves in this mess, you can get yourselves out.
- I think you should buy it for yourselves.
- You had better leave a present for yourselves!
- Any help you get will be extra money for yourselves.
- I want my own place, far away from you all and yourselves as well.
- I hope that you will have confidence in yourselves.
- Never forget that you are yourselves the makers of your own future.
- Robert had a great time at the party with his friends who were all welcoming and considerate, as everyone could see, you should have seen yourselves!
Sentences of “Themselves”
- They made themselves at home.
- The most common reason for this is that they are too busy themselves.
- They wanted to get into Notre Dame themselves.
- The two girls bought lots of things for themselves.
- Even if they didn’t understand it themselves.
- The children were tired, but they amused themselves during the car trip.
- They hurt themselves on broken glass.
- They’re happy because no one saw themselves coming home last night.
- The teacher was not happy with my work but my parents were more critical of themselves.
- Each team should elect two persons to present themselves.
Sentences of “Ourselves”
- If we could do it ourselves, why would we be paying you?
- If you haven’t got any, don’t worry because we have some here for ourselves!
- We bought ourselves a new car.
- I wish we could rely on ourselves to solve the problem.
- We have to get help for ourselves because we can’t get by on our own.