In today’s lesson, we will be talking about reflexive pronouns.
The reflexive pronouns are:
Singular: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself
Plural: ourselves, yourselves, themselves
Reflexive pronouns are used after certain verbs such as: cut, burn, enjoy, hurt, look at, amuse, dry, kill, satisfy, teach, etc. We use them when the subject and the object of the verb are the same person.
I made myself a salad.
He cut himself while shaving.
We are looking at ourselves in the mirror.
Notice the difference between yourself and yourselves:
Milly, you can hurt yourself with this sharp knife.
Rebecca and Alex, you can hurt yourselves.
We do not use reflexive pronouns after the verbs relax, feel, concentrate, meet.
I feel nervous. I can’t concentrate. (not I can’t concentrate myself).
Shall we meet at 5 o’clock? (not shall we meet ourselves)
Reflexive prepositions cannot be used after a preposition of place. We normally use object pronouns after them.
I don’t have my telephone with me.
He saw a man standing next to him.
We can use BY to emphasize that the subject of the verb did something alone.
I cleaned the house by myself.
Mary travelled to Turkey all by herself.
Take a look at these expressions with reflexive pronouns:
Enjoy yourselves at the party!
Start behaving yourselves, children!
Make yourself at home!
Help yourself to a drink!
Book a FREE private English lesson. Test your knowledge and allow us to suggest ways to improve your English!
Drop us a line on WhatsApp
Do the quiz to perfect your knowledge!