1 Reflexive Pronouns
We use reflexive pronouns in English when we want to emphasize that someone has done something on their own or that it is only about them:
- I did it myself!
- He did it himself!
- We did it ourselves!
How do we use reflexive pronouns in a sentence?
|I wrote it myself.
|Did you build this house yourself?
|He excused himself.
|She talks about herself all the time.
|Thise mess is not going to clean itself!
|Don’t worry! We can do it ourselves.
|Did you bake all of these cakes yourselves?
|I feel like they are not being themselves lately.
If we add the preposition BY to the reflexive pronouns, it means the same as the phrase ALONE (without the presence of other people):
- I live by myself.
- My parents like traveling by themselves.
We may often see the following phrases:
- Help yourselves! (take something you want without asking for permission)
- She is not herself. (to behave in an usual way)
- Can you introduce yourself? (tell us who you are)
- Enjoy yourself! (wishing someone to get pleasure from an experience or event)