Reflexive Pronouns for beginners

Reflexive Pronouns are used to show that the subject and object of a sentence are exactly the same person or thing or there is a direct connection between them.

"Reflexive Pronouns" in English Grammar

What Are Reflexive Pronouns?

Reflexive pronouns refer back to the subject of the clause or sentence. They "reflect back" to the subject. They emphasize the subject's own or self action.

English Reflexive Pronouns

We have eight reflexive pronouns:

Subject Pronouns Reflexive Pronouns
I Myself
You Yourself
He Himself
She Herself
It Itself
We Ourselves
You Yourselves
They Themselves

Now take a look at some examples:

I saw myself in the mirror.

She cut herself last night.

He fell and hurt himself.

When Do We Use Them

We often use reflexive pronouns when the subject and the object of a verb are the same.

They were starting to enjoy themselves.

Careful! You might fall and hurt yourself.


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