What Are Emphatic Pronouns?
Emphatic pronouns, also known as intensive pronouns, share the same form as reflexive pronouns, but they are used differently. Rather than serving as an object, they function similarly to adverbs in emphasizing the action of the verb.
English Emphatic Pronouns
Differences between Emphatic and Reflexive Pronouns
1. Reflexive pronouns indicate that the action of the subject reflects back to the doer, while emphatic pronouns simply emphasize the doer of the action without indicating any reflexive relationship.
Here, the subject (Mike) and object (himself) refer to the same person.
Here, the emphatic pronoun 'himself' just emphasizes the subject 'Mike'.
2. An emphatic pronoun can be
Mike cut while shaving this morning.
Without the reflexive pronoun 'himself', the sentence would not make sense.
Mike cut the carrots into thin strips.
Without the emphatic pronoun 'himself', the sentence still makes perfect sense.
How to Use Them?
Sarah called the principal
Here, the emphatic pronoun 'herself' puts emphasis that 'Sarah' made the call.
In this example, 'Prince William' is the emphasized noun. We call it the antecedent of the emphatic pronoun.
Now that you followed our article you know that reflexive pronouns are the same as emphatic pronouns, but they are used in different situations.
|reflexive pronouns||intensive pronouns|
|they need reflexive verbs||they do not need reflexive verbs|
|they are essential to complete the meanings||they are not essential to have a meaningful sentence|
|they reflect back the action upon the subject||they emphasize on the subject|
|they are used after the verb||They are not used after the verb|
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