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Reflexive Pronouns

1. What are the reflexive pronouns?

Personal pronounsself/selves pronouns
Imyself
youyourself
hehimself
sheherself
ititself
weourselves
youyourselves
theythemselves

2. What are reflexive pronouns used for?

The normal use of reflexive pronouns are to talk about actions where the subject and the object of the verb are the same person.

  • I cut myself shaving.
  • We dried ourselves after swimming.
  • You will have to drive yourself to work today

3. What verbs do we use reflexive pronouns with?

We can use a reflexive pronoun as direct object with most transitive verbs, but these are the most common:

  • amuse
  • blame
  • cut
  • dry
  • enjoy
  • help
  • hurt
  • introduce
  • kill
  • prepare
  • satisfy
  • teach

We do not use a reflexive pronoun after verbs which describe things people usually do for themselves, such as washshavedress:

She washed [herself] in cold water.
He always shaves [himself] before going to work.
Susan dressed [herself] and got ready to go out.

We only use reflexives with these verbs for emphasis:

He’s old enough to wash himself.

Susan dressed herself despite feeling ill