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Reflective pronouns and their application

When in English the subject and object of a sentence are one person, the reflective pronoun is used as the object. In this article, we want to introduce Reflexive pronouns in English to you dear ones with an example, so that in addition to learning these pronouns, you can also learn how to use them, so that you can be with us at the end of this article.

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What are Reflective Pronouns?

Reflexive pronouns are pronouns that end in self- or selves-. The use of reflective pronouns is when the subject and the object of a sentence are the same, in which case they will replace the object. For example, in the sentence “I believe in myself.” The word “myself” is a reflective pronoun. The reason for naming these pronouns is that in English the word “reflexive” means “reflected” and that is why these pronouns are called “reflexive pronouns” because they refer to the subject of the sentence. Reflective pronouns can play the role of direct and indirect objects in a sentence.

Table of reflective pronouns

Familiarize yourself with reflective pronouns in the table below:

Singular myself

myself

yourself

himself

herself

itself

Total

ourselves

yourselves

themselves

Application and sample questions of reflective pronouns

One of the main uses of reflective pronouns is when the subject and the object are actually one person. For a better understanding, look at the following examples:

He is teaching himself to cook sea food.

I am teaching myself to play the piano.

Be careful while you’re skating. You might fall down and hurt yourself.

When the verb of the sentence is preceded by a preposition, the reflective pronoun can be used after the preposition and as a complement. Now look at the following examples:

They had to cook for themselves.

He was feeling very sorry for himself.

Reflective pronouns with the preposition by are used when it is emphasized that the person has done something alone or without assistance:

I don’t feel very comfortable going to the movies by myself.

We cleaned the house by ourselves.

He lived by himself in an enormous house.

He lived alone in that very large house.

We will use reflective pronouns to emphasize a person or something special, especially when talking about a famous person.

Fethiye itself is quite a small city.

J.K Rowling herself signed my book.

When the verb of the sentence comes with a preposition, the reflexive pronoun can be used after the preposition and as a complement. Consider the following examples:

They had to cook for themselves.

He was feeling very sorry for himself.

Reflective pronouns are used when the subject is emphasized. Consider the following example:

We decorate the house ourselves.

tip:

Note that after the place letters are added, the personal pronoun is used, not the reflective pronoun. Adjectives such as with (meaning with) are also used after the personal pronoun, not the reflective pronoun. for example:

He had a suitcase beside “him”.

tip:

Reflective pronouns will not be used after words like to, like and such as. After these words, object pronouns are used:

ducated people like ourselves should keep an open mind. (Incorrect)

Educated people like us should keep an open mind. (Right)

tip:

Words like hisself and theirselves and such words do not exist in English and it is wrong to use them. Consider the following example:

The students painted the class by theirselves. (Incorrect)

The students painted the class by themselves. (Right)

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