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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Reflexive Pronouns in English


In English language reflexive pronouns are useful in expressing emphatic representations. Emphatic pronouns can be created by adding the word SELF to the pronouns, such as HIM, HER, YOUR, MY and IT in singular expressions. The plural expressions such as THEM, YOUR, and OUR, but SELF becomes SELVES when added to these pronouns. Emphatic expressions are used in a sentence to reflect the action back to the subject part in the sentence. We will see some example sentences now. See this sentence, 'I will pay the debt myself.' In this sentence, 'pay' is the verb action that reflects back to the subject 'I' by adding myself at the end of the sentence. Any reflexive pronoun should be preceded by a noun or a pronoun, adverb or an adjective.
Examples of Reflexive Pronouns
He tested himself in the test.
Joseph copied emails of himself.
My child hurt herself.
He hurts himself.
They identified themselves.
We cheat ourselves.

The other name of the reflexive pronouns is objective pronouns. In the all the above examples, we can see the reflexive pronouns at the end of the sentence to reflect back of the subjects. This is the reason, these pronouns are called also as objective pronouns. It is evident from the explanation and the examples above that reflective pronouns cannot be used in the beginning of the sentences as subjects and they can only be used as objects. But another one important point is to be noted that using reflexive pronouns any other places in the sentences other than the object part will give more emphasize to the meaning of the sentence. See this example sentence, 'He met the killer himself.' We can change the placement of the objective pronoun to be nearby the subject and see how the meaning of the sentence changes. See this example, 'He himself met the killer.' Can you feel the difference in the meaning of the second sentence from the first one. Yes, the second sentence gives more emphasize to the meaning than the first.

In the next post, we will learn about Universal Auxiliaries. Okay.

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