Reflexive Pronoun

An reflexive pronoun "reflects" a noun or pronoun by taking the place of its antecedent when the noun or pronoun is doing something to itself.

In English reflexive pronouns are formed just like intensive pronouns--by adding -self or -selves to the root pronoun.

Examples: We underrated ourselves before the race.

The cat washed herself carefully with her tongue.

The only reflexive pronouns in modern English are the following:

myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves.

The words hisself and theirselves do not exist.


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