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Reflexive pronoun is normally used when the object of Reflexive pronoun is normally used when the object of

a sentence is the same as the subject. Each personal a sentence is the same as the subject. Each personal
pronoun (such as I, you, he and she) has its own pronoun (such as I, you, he and she) has its own
reflexive form: reflexive form:

I — myself I — myself
you — yourself/yourselves you — yourself/yourselves
he — himself he — himself
she — herself she — herself
one — oneself one — oneself
it — itself it — itself
we — ourselves we — ourselves
they — themselves they — themselves
These pronouns can also be used intensively, to These pronouns can also be used intensively, to
emphasize the identity of whoever or whatever is being emphasize the identity of whoever or whatever is being
talked about: talked about:

Example: Jim bought himself a book. Example: Jim bought himself a book.

Intensive pronoun usually appears near and or before Intensive pronoun usually appears near and or before
the subject of the sentence. It is used for emphasis. the subject of the sentence. It is used for emphasis.
Example: Jim, himself, bought a book. Example: Jim, himself, bought a book.

Exercise 1: Identifying Reflexive and Intensive Exercise 1: Identifying Reflexive and Intensive
Pronouns Pronouns
Identify the reflective and intensive pronouns in each of Identify the reflective and intensive pronouns in each of
the following sentences and indicate whether each is the following sentences and indicate whether each is
reflexive or intensive. reflexive or intensive.
____________________ 1. I bought myself a new pair ____________________ 1. I bought myself a new pair
of sunglasses for our trip to the beach. of sunglasses for our trip to the beach.
____________________ 2. The soldiers themselves do ____________________ 2. The soldiers themselves do
not want to attack the enemy fort. not want to attack the enemy fort.
____________________ 3.You can choose a lawyer ____________________ 3.You can choose a lawyer
yourself or one will be selected for you. yourself or one will be selected for you.
____________________ 4. Charles himself will be ____________________ 4. Charles himself will be
piloting this aircraft across the Atlantic. piloting this aircraft across the Atlantic.
____________________ 5. Because she wanted to be ____________________ 5. Because she wanted to be
like her sister, Renee forced herself to practice each day. like her sister, Renee forced herself to practice each day.

Exercise 2: Complete each of the following sentences Exercise 2: Complete each of the following sentences
with the correct reflexive or intensive pronoun. Then with the correct reflexive or intensive pronoun. Then
identify the pronoun as either reflexive or intensive. identify the pronoun as either reflexive or intensive.

EXAMPLE EXAMPLE
Julie _____ is coming here tonight. (herself, intensive) Julie _____ is coming here tonight. (herself, intensive)

6. The dogs barked ______ into a long, peaceful 6. The dogs barked ______ into a long, peaceful
sleep. sleep.
7. We were forced to ask ______ if this project 7. We were forced to ask ______ if this project
should continue or be scrapped. should continue or be scrapped.
8. Brooke likes to read ______ to sleep. 8. Brooke likes to read ______ to sleep.
9. I’m guessing that you ______ will be 9. I’m guessing that you ______ will be
responsible for fixing the damage. responsible for fixing the damage.
10. The Smiths and we consider ______ honored to 10. The Smiths and we consider ______ honored to
be invited on this trip. be invited on this trip.
NAME: ______________________________ NAME: ______________________________

1. I suggest that you yourselves figure out how 1. I suggest that you yourselves figure out how
to resolve this dispute. to resolve this dispute.
2. After rescheduling three meetings, the 2. After rescheduling three meetings, the
president herself conducted the meeting. president herself conducted the meeting.
3. The accountants perjured themselves when 3. The accountants perjured themselves when
testifying before Congress. testifying before Congress.
4. When Tim saw the battleship itself, he knew 4. When Tim saw the battleship itself, he knew
that he had chosen the right profession. that he had chosen the right profession.
5. I consider myself fortunate to have escaped 5. I consider myself fortunate to have escaped
before the house collapsed. before the house collapsed.

6. The dogs barked ______ into a long, 6. The dogs barked ______ into a long,
peaceful sleep. peaceful sleep.
7. We were forced to ask ______ if this project 7. We were forced to ask ______ if this project
should continue or be scrapped. should continue or be scrapped.
8. Brooke likes to read ______ to sleep. 8. Brooke likes to read ______ to sleep.
9. I’m guessing that you ______ will be 9. I’m guessing that you ______ will be
responsible for fixing the damage. responsible for fixing the damage.
10. The Smiths and we consider ______ 10. The Smiths and we consider ______
honored to be invited on this trip. honored to be invited on this trip.

NAME: ______________________________ NAME: ______________________________

1. I suggest that you yourselves figure out how 1. I suggest that you yourselves figure out how
to resolve this dispute. to resolve this dispute.
2. After rescheduling three meetings, the 2. After rescheduling three meetings, the
president herself conducted the meeting. president herself conducted the meeting.
3. The accountants perjured themselves when 3. The accountants perjured themselves when
testifying before Congress. testifying before Congress.
4. When Tim saw the battleship itself, he knew 4. When Tim saw the battleship itself, he knew
that he had chosen the right profession. that he had chosen the right profession.
5. I consider myself fortunate to have escaped 5. I consider myself fortunate to have escaped
before the house collapsed. before the house collapsed.

6. The dogs barked ______ into a long, 6. The dogs barked ______ into a long,
peaceful sleep. peaceful sleep.
7. We were forced to ask ______ if this project 7. We were forced to ask ______ if this project
should continue or be scrapped. should continue or be scrapped.
8. Brooke likes to read ______ to sleep. 8. Brooke likes to read ______ to sleep.
9. I’m guessing that you ______ will be 9. I’m guessing that you ______ will be
responsible for fixing the damage. responsible for fixing the damage.
10. The Smiths and we consider ______ 10. The Smiths and we consider ______
honored to be invited on this trip. honored to be invited on this trip.