What Are Reflexive Pronouns?
|Himself, Herself, Itself
Pay attention to the examples below:
Here, the reflexive pronoun is used as the object.
Although in many cases, the second-person singular and plural pronouns are the same (You), in the case of reflexive pronouns they are different (Yourself/Yourselves). Remember to use the appropriate reflexive pronoun based on the number of the subject. For example:
Pay attention to these examples:
We can also use an object pronoun instead of a reflexive pronoun when referring to the first person singular pronoun, but it is not allowed for other pronouns. Look at the following example:
Not she saw
her in the water.
We can use reflexive pronouns in many different contexts. However, their two main purposes are:
- When the subject and the object of the sentence are the same
- When a reflexive verb is used in the sentence
When the Subject and the Object Are the same
Sometimes the object and subject are the same in a sentence, in these cases, we can use reflexive pronouns to avoid repetition. Look at the following examples:
As you can see, the subject is talking about himself/herself so a reflexive pronoun is used.
When We Have a Reflexive Verb
Some verbs in English take an object that is the same as their subject. They are called reflexive verbs. Look at the table to learn some common reflexive verbs in English:
|to go on a trip
|to have a good time
|to act appropriately
|to eat or drink
|to get injured (usually accidentally)
Take a look at some examples: