reflexive pronouns

Reflexive pronouns are myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, oneself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves.

  • We use reflexive pronouns to talk about actions where the subject and the object are the same person.
      I cut myself shaving this morning. (NOT I cut me . . .)
      We got out of the river and dried ourselves (NOT . . . -dried us.)
      Why’s she talking to herself?

    We do not usually use reflexive pronouns with wash, dress or shave.

      Do you shave on Sundays?(NOT . . . shave yourself . . .)

    After prepositions, we use personal pronouns instead of reflexives when
    it is clear which person we are talking about.

      She took her dog with her. (NOT . . . with herself .)
  • We can use reflexive pronouns to mean ‘that person/thing and nobody/ nothing else’.
      It’s quicker if you do it yourself.
      The manager spoke to me himself.
      The house itself is nice, but the garden’s very small.
  • By myself, by yourself etc has two meanings,
    a. ‘alone’
      I often like to spend time by myself.

    b. ‘without help’

      ‘Can I help you?’ ‘No, thanks. I can do it by myself.’
  • Don’t confuse -selves and each other .