When to Use Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive pronouns are a type of pronoun that end with “-self” or “-selves”.

List of Reflexive pronouns:
myself, itself, yourself, herself, himself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves

When to use Reflexive Pronouns:
1. When the subject and object of the sentence are the same, we use reflexive pronoun as the object.
Example:
John sometimes blames John. (subject: John, object: John)
John sometimes blames himself. (subject: John, object: himself)

2. Reflexive pronouns are used before “all by” to mean“alone”.
Example:
Mary watched the movie all by herself. (OR)
Mary watched the movie by herself.

3. Reflexive pronouns can be a Direct Object.
Example:
The teacher scolded himself for being irresponsible.

4. Reflexive pronouns can be an Indirect Object.
Example:
She tells herself that he loves her.

5. Reflexive pronouns can be an Object of Preposition.
Example:
Be good to yourself.

Practice:
Grammar Practice: Reflexive Pronouns

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