8.1 Conventions of Standard English

Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns

  • A reflexive pronoun ends with -self or -selves and refers to the subject of a sentence. In a sentence with a reflexive pronoun, the action of the verb returns to the subject. The words myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves are reflexive pronouns.

    We bought ourselves pretzels at the fair.

    My brother made himself some dinner.

    You can walk to school by yourself.

     
       
  • The words myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves can also be used as intensive pronouns. Use an intensive pronoun to draw special attention to a noun or a pronoun already named. Intensive pronouns usually appear right after the noun or pronoun they are emphasizing.

    I myself am tired of doing homework.

    The president himself appeared at the rally.

    My sister made the bread herself.

     
       

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