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Reflexive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
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  • 1. What are reflexive and intensive pronouns?
  • 2. A reflexive pronoun is a pronoun that refers to the subject and is necessary to the basic meaning of the sentence.
    • myself
    • yourself
    • herself
    • himself
    • itself
    • yourselves
    • ourselves
    • themselves
  • 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. 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. Never use hisself or theirselves ! Wrong: The boy made hisself breakfast. Use himself or themselves ! Right: The boy made himself breakfast.
  • 6. Correct or Incorrect?
    • 1. We helped ourselves to the cake.
    • Bob and myself are responsible for you.
    • They made dinner for theirselves.
    • These decisions will be made by myself.
    • 5. I gave that book to myself for Christmas.
  • 7. Answers
    • Correct…ourselves reflects we
    • Incorrect…the self part of myself is not necessary…just use Bob and me
    • Incorrect…theirselves is not a word…use themselves
    • Incorrect…the self part of myself is not necessary… just use me
    • 5. Correct…myself reflects I
  • 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. Test your knowledge….. Identify each pronoun as intensive or reflective.
    • Dan himself did not know where he put his pencil.
    • Did Abby give her pap a hug?
    • Chelsea and Rachael did the work themselves.
    • The dog made itself dizzy.
    • 5. I read the book myself.
  • 10. Answers
    • Intensive – himself is not necessary to the basic meaning of the sentence
    • Reflexive – her reflects Abby
    • Intensive – themselves is not necessary to the basic meaning of the sentence
    • Reflexive – itself reflects dog
    • 5. Intensive – myself is not necessary to the basic meaning of the sentence

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