Reflexive pronouns are used for two reasons; discover them in this post and practice them in our conversation groups on making a free profile on our site.

 

REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS

 

I MYSELF
YOU YOURSELF
HE HIMSELF
SHE HERSELF
IT ITSELF
THEY THEMSELVES
WE OURSELVES
YOU (PLURAL) YOURSELVES

 

WATCH OUT: If you do not know the gender of a person, use they and themself, even though they are singular.

 

When do you we use reflexive pronouns?

 

We use reflexive pronouns when we have a subject and an object in a sentence and they are the same thing. For instance:

 

I am looking at myself in the mirror.

I have been talking to myself all day.

You are listening to yourself in a recording.

We are watching ourselves on TV.

 

Not: I am talking to me.

 

We also use reflexive pronouns to emphasize the fact that someone needs to do something alone; we normally do this by using the imperative.

 

Do it yourself = You must do it alone.

Clean it yourself = You have to clean it by yourself.

 

Speaking practice:

  1. Do you ever talk to yourself?
  2. Do you spend a long time looking at yourself in the mirror each day?
  3. What is the best way a language learner can healp themself improve their level?
  4. Do you prefer to ask for help or do things yourself?
  5. When was the last time you asked someone for money instead of paying for something yourself?

 

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