Reflexive Pronouns

What Are Reflexive Pronouns? (with Examples)

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

These words can be either reflexive pronouns or emphatic pronouns.

This page is about their use as reflexive pronouns.

A reflexive pronoun is used with another noun (or pronoun) when something does something to itself. For example: Contrast the example above with this:

Examples of Reflexive Pronouns

Below are some examples of reflexive pronouns. Using a reflexive pronoun means you do not have to repeat the subject (shown here in bold). (Repeating the subject would be clumsy.) (Note: The subject is known as the antecedent of the reflexive pronoun.)

Identifying Reflexive Pronouns

In most sentences, somebody does something to someone else. For example: However, sometimes people (or things) do things to themselves, and this is when you can use myself, yourself, herself, himself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves as reflexive pronouns. For example:

  • I like myself.
  • He spoke to himself.
  • She thumped herself.
  • The dog bit itself.
  • Some Real Examples of Reflexive Pronouns

    Here are some real examples of reflexive pronouns: Note: Sometimes, the subject can be implied. For example: This could also have been written:

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    See Also

    What is an emphatic pronoun? What is an antecedent? What are pronouns? Demonstrative pronouns Indefinite pronouns Interrogative pronouns Personal pronouns Possessive pronouns Reciprocal pronouns Relative pronouns Glossary of grammatical terms