Reflexive Pronoun: used when the subject and direct object are the same, or subject and the object of a prepositional phrase are the same, as an intensive pronoun to make a statement stronger with respect to who or what is responsible for something, in command (imperative) sentences where the subject ‘you’ is omitted. Also as intensive pronouns
Function: show that the verb activity is done by, to or the subject. This emphasizes the subject does the activity without help or alone.
Sentence Position: after the verb, after the preposition in a prepositional phrase.
|subject and direct object same|
I need to care of myself now that I live away from my parents’ home.
|subject and the object of a prepositional phrase are the same|
Danny traveled to Paris by himself.
|as an intensive pronoun to make a statement stronger with respect to who or what is responsible for something|
Students themselves need to clean the classrooms.
|in command (imperative) sentences where the subject ‘you’ is omitted|
Help yourselves to the workbooks at the back of the classroom.
|herself, himself, itself||themselves|
Level: beginner, intermediate.
Common Learner Difficulties:
1) using a reflexive pronoun as a subject
Yourself needs to get to class on time.
Correct: You need to get to class on time.
Also See: direct object, imperative sentence, intensive pronoun, prepositional phrase, pronoun, noun, subject, verb.