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  • Reflexive pronouns – myself, yourself, etc.

    Exercise 1

    Choose the correct pronouns to complete the sentences below.

    1Don't worry about the plants. I'll water them .

    2I'm looking forward to your visit. It's been a long time since we last saw .

    3When I get home I like to relax . I lie on the sofa and watch some TV.

    4Dear John, you must forgive  for not writing earlier.

    5Did you enjoy at the party last night?

    6My mother and I don't see  very often now.

    7We must learn to love  before we can love others.

    8She often talks to when she is stressed.

    9I'll introduce to Erica. I think you'll like her.

    10During the following months, Mat and I got to know  better.


  • Reflexive pronouns

    The reflexive  pronouns are myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves. .

    Same subject and object

    The reflexive pronouns are normally used when the subject and the object are the same person.

    • She cut herself chopping the onions. 
    • We really enjoyed ourselves at the party. 
    • Talking to oneself is not necessarily a sign of madness. 

    After preposition

    We can use reflexive pronouns after most prepositions if they refer back to the subject.

    • He should be really proud of himself
    • With the 3-D printer and this scanner you can print a small version of yourself

    To emphasise who did the action

    We also use a reflexive pronoun to emphasise that the subject does the action, and nobody else. In this sense, we can use the reflexive at the end of the sentence or after the subject.

    • I will talk to Anna myself
    • I think you should do it yourself, instead of having it done. 
    • Paul himself designed the everything. 

    Verbs with NO reflexive pronoun

    Students of English often make mistakes when they use some verbs which are are used reflexively in their language but not in English. Some of these verbs are concentrate, dress, shave, wash, relax, hurry, or open.

    • The first thing I do is wash, shave, and dress.
    • When I arrive home I only want to relax on the sofa. 
    • Please, hurry or we’ll be late. 
    • The door opened and everybody got in. 

    By myself

    We can say by myself, by yourself, etc. to mean ‘alone, without anybody else’, or also to mean ‘without anybody’s help’.

    • My son doesn’t like to be by himself, he always wants us around. 
    • She raised her four children by herself

    We can also say on my own, on your own, etc.

    • I was on my own, all morning.
    • She did it on her own.


    Reciprocal pronouns

    We use each other or one another when person A does something to person B, and person B does something to person A.

    • When the twins found each other, they had been living apart for more than 10 years. 
    • You should try to understand one another
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