A reflexive pronoun is a special kind of pronoun. It is usually used when the object of a sentence is the same as the subject, as you will see below. Each personal pronoun (such as I
, and she
) has its own reflexive form. This introduction will explain what the different forms of reflexive pronouns are, and when they are used.
The forms of reflexive pronouns
When to use a reflexive pronoun
Reflexive pronouns are used in three main situations.
1. Reflexive pronouns are used when the subject and object are the same.
I hurt myself
The band call themselves
He shot himself
2. They are used as the object of a preposition, when the subject and the object are the same.
I bought a present for myself
She did it by herself
. (She did it alone.)
That man is talking to himself
3. They are used when you want to emphasize the subject.
I'll do it myself
. (No one else will help me.)
They ate all the food themselves
. (No one else had any.)