Reflexive Pronouns

'Myself', 'yourself', 'himself', 'herself', 'themselves', 'ourselves' and 'itself' are the eight Reflexive Pronouns. Singular reflexive pronouns end in 'self' while plural reflexive pronouns end in 'selves'.

In a sentence, a reflexive pronoun is used as the object.

Examples:

She taught herself how to play the guitar.

(In the above sentence, the pronoun 'she' is the subject and the reflexive pronoun 'herself' is the object. Both the subject and the object refer to the same person.)


He bathed himself before going to church.

Selina cut herself while peeling an apple.

I will treat myself to a new pair of shoes.

You can cook yourself something to eat.

"Try to do your homework yourselves," said the teacher to the students.

They behaved themselves at the ceremony.

We bought ourselves some magazines to read.

The cat caught itself a mouse.




A reflexive pronoun can also be used as the indirect object of a verb. In such a case, it is usually used after a preposition.

Examples:

Henry peeled an apple for himself.

(In the above sentence, the noun 'apple' is the direct object. The reflexive pronoun 'himself' is the indirect object. It is placed after the preposition 'for'.)


They built the bridge all by themselves.

She made a cup of coffee for herself.

My brother bought a new cap for himself.

We stared at ourselves in the mirror.

My neighbor and I repaired the washing machine all by ourselves.


Exercises

Choose the right answers.

1. I baked ( myself, yourself ) a cake.

2. Alex locks ( herself, himself ) in his room when he is angry.

3. Christine and her friends ordered ( ourselves, themselves ) something to eat.

4. My little brother cut a slice of watermelon for ( himself, herself ).

5. I hope you enjoy ( yourself, yourselves ) at the party, children.

6. She laughed at ( herself, himself ) for making a silly mistake.

7. We promised ( themselves, ourselves ) never to do such a thing again.

8. Alfred and his friends sailed the boat to the island all by ( yourselves, themselves ).

9. The bear caught ( itself, myself ) a fish in the river.

10. My mum made ( himself, herself ) up in 15 minutes.


Answers

1.myself 2.himself 3.themselves 4.himself 5.yourselves 6.herself 7.ourselves 8.themselves 9.itself 10.herself