A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a common noun or a proper noun.
A reflexive pronoun is a pronoun that is usually used when the object of a sentence is the same as the subject. Each subject pronoun (such as I, you, he, she, it, we and they) has its own reflexive form.
Reflexive pronouns may be used in several ways.
1. When the subject and object in a sentence are the same.
You are not to blame yourself. (subject is you, object is yourself)
The cat scratched itself. (subject is cat, object is itself)
You can come in and find yourselves a seat. (subject is you, object is yourselves)
2. As the object of a preposition, when the subject and the object are the same.
He will go home by himself. (subject is he, object is himself, preposition is by)
Susan is looking at herself in the mirror. (subject is Susan, object is herself, preposition is at)
We completed the assignment all by ourselves. (subject is we, object is ourselves, preposition is by)
The noisy students draw attention to themselves. (subject is students, object is themselves, preposition is to)
3. When you want to emphasize the subject.
I baked this myself. (no one else helped me)
He ate the pizza himself. (no one else had any)
Reflexive pronouns refer the reader or listener back to the subject.
For example: "She looked at herself in the mirror. They gave themselves a lot of time to finish the work."
Watch the following video for a lesson on reflexive pronouns.
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