Reflexive pronouns

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Reflexive pronouns

  1. 1. What are reflexive and intensive pronouns? <ul><li> </li></ul>
  2. 2. A reflexive pronoun is a pronoun that refers to the subject and is necessary to the basic meaning of the sentence. <ul><li>myself </li></ul><ul><li>yourself </li></ul><ul><li>herself </li></ul><ul><li>himself </li></ul><ul><li>itself </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> yourselves </li></ul><ul><li>ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>themselves </li></ul>
  3. 3. Students who cheat on the quiz are only hurting themselves . Explanation Themselves is a reflexive pronoun. The person to whom that pronoun “reflects” is students .
  4. 4. Rule to remember … Whenever there is a reflexive pronoun in the sentence there must be a person to whom that pronoun can “reflect.” In other words … “Please hand that book to myself.” is incorrect because there is no I or me in that sentence for myself to reflect to.
  5. 5. Never use hisself or theirselves ! Wrong: The boy made hisself breakfast. Use himself or themselves ! Right: The boy made himself breakfast.
  6. 6. Correct or Incorrect? <ul><li>1. We helped ourselves to the cake. </li></ul><ul><li>Bob and myself are responsible for you. </li></ul><ul><li>They made dinner for theirselves. </li></ul><ul><li>These decisions will be made by myself. </li></ul><ul><li>5. I gave that book to myself for Christmas. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Answers <ul><li>Correct…ourselves reflects we </li></ul><ul><li>Incorrect…the self part of myself is not necessary…just use Bob and me </li></ul><ul><li>Incorrect…theirselves is not a word…use themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Incorrect…the self part of myself is not necessary… just use me </li></ul><ul><li>5. Correct…myself reflects I </li></ul>
  8. 8. Remember, the reflexive pronoun is necessary to understand the meaning of a sentence. If the same pronouns are used, but not needed, they are called intensive pronouns. Examples: Reflexive – The boy made himself breakfast. Intensive – The boy made breakfast himself .
  9. 9. Test your knowledge….. Identify each pronoun as intensive or reflective. <ul><li>Dan himself did not know where he put his pencil. </li></ul><ul><li>Did Abby give her pap a hug? </li></ul><ul><li>Chelsea and Rachael did the work themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>The dog made itself dizzy. </li></ul><ul><li>5. I read the book myself. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Answers <ul><li>Intensive – himself is not necessary to the basic meaning of the sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Reflexive – her reflects Abby </li></ul><ul><li>Intensive – themselves is not necessary to the basic meaning of the sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Reflexive – itself reflects dog </li></ul><ul><li>5. Intensive – myself is not necessary to the basic meaning of the sentence </li></ul>

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