A reflexive pronoun is a pronoun that ends in -self or -selves. For singular subjects, we use “myself,” “yourself,” “himself,” “herself” or “itself.” For plural subjects, we use “ourselves,” “yourselves” and “themselves.“
We use reflexive pronouns when the object of a verb is the same as the subject of the verb. Compare the following:
Subject and object are different:
・I gave my father a present.
Subject and object are the same:
・I gave myself a present.
A reflexive pronoun can be a direct object, indirect object or object of a preposition.
・They bought themselves a new car. (indirect object)
・She was very proud of herself. (object of a preposition)
Today, let’s look at some other uses of reflexive pronouns. A reflexive pronoun can be used to emphasize the subject of the sentence. In these cases, the reflexive pronoun can come after the subject or at the end of the clause.
・My children baked this cake themselves.