In English, we use reflexive pronouns to emphasize the subject. Reflexive pronouns are used when the subject and object are the same person.

Reflexive Pronouns:

  • I – myself
  • you – yourself
  • she – herself
  • he – himself
  • it – itself
  • we – ourselves
  • you – yourselves
  • they – themselves

Reflexive pronouns are used when the subject and object are the same person:

  • She studies for Maths herself.
  • Make the cake yourself.
  • Don’t cut yourself while peeling the potato.
  • Barbara bought roses for herself.
  • We painted the wall ourselves.

Reflexive pronouns can also be used to emphasize in a sentence:

  • I did homework myself.
  • The play of Janet itself was very fascinating.
  • She herself agrees with the decision.

When used with “-by,” reflexive pronouns emphasize that an action was done without any help (Reciprocal Pronouns):

  • I got to the airport by myself.
  • We prepared the dinner by ourselves.

each other and one another are used for reciprocal actions:

  • We can help each other.
  • We promised each other not to lie.
  • The runners will be standing up 1 meter here from one another.


Write the reflexive pronouns for the following subjects:

  • They go to the school by themselves.
  • John is a lazy student. He can’t finish his homework himself.
  • She thinks much about herself.
  • I believe you can finish it yourself.
  • I and my friends ate all the food ourselves.

Answers: themselveshimselfherselfyourself (yourselves) – ourselves

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