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Lesson 1

Reflexive Pronouns

Pronouns are words that replace nouns in a sentence. For example, the sentence “Eli read the book.” changes to “She read it.” The words she and it are pronouns because they replace the nouns Eli and book. She is a subject pronoun because it is in the subject position in the sentence, and it is an object pronoun because it is in the object position in the sentence.

Look at the following chart with pronouns.

Subject Pronoun

Object Pronoun

Reflexive Pronoun

I

me

myself

you

you

yourself

he

him

himself

she

her

herself

it

it

itself

you (plural)

you

yourselves

we

us

ourselves

they

them

themselves

Use reflexive pronouns when the subject and the object are the same.

I cut myself.

She spoke to herself.

Use reflexive pronouns to show that someone did something alone.

Tom couldn’t find a mechanic, so he fixed his car by himself.

The child’s parents were busy, so he made dinner himself.

Look at the following list of a few common ways in which we use reflexives.

Well done. You taught yourself how to type!

She cuts her hair herself.

We painted our house ourselves.

He travels by himself often.

They work for themselves, not for a company.