English grammar

Module 2, Pronouns, Lesson 4:

Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns

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Reflexive sounds like reflection, the image in the mirror that bounces back at you. A reflexive pronoun reflects back to the subject. A reflexive pronoun can be used as the direct object, indirect object, or object of a preposition in a sentence.

Intensive is like intense. Something intense is very strong. An intensive pronoun emphasizes a preceding noun, often the noun immediately before the pronoun. It is not necessary to the sentence.

myself ourselves
yourself yourselves
himself
herself
itself
themselves

These pronouns are reflexive or intensive depending on their use in a sentence.

Reflexive: The puppy saw itself in the mirror.

Itself is the direct object in the sentence. The pronoun refers back to the subject. The puppy saw the puppy in the mirror.

Intensive: The queen herself gave the knight the award. The queen gave the knight the award herself.

Herself refers to the queen.

Hint:
You can leave it out of the sentence: The queen gave the knight the award herself.

Do not use reflexive pronouns instead of subject or object pronouns.

James and myself I went to the movies.
Our teacher gave Sara and myself me an award for the best project.

Practice What You've Learned

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Directions:
Choose whether the bold-faced pronoun is reflexive or intensive.
1.
I found the treasure box myself.
reflexive / intensive
2.
You yourself should know the rules for pronoun usage.
reflexive / intensive
3.
When Jeremy found his wallet, he bought himself an ice cream.
reflexive / intensive
4.
The mayor himself gave me this award.
reflexive / intensive
5.
My sister bought herself a birthday present.
reflexive / intensive
6.
My neighbors found themselves involved in a lawsuit.
reflexive / intensive
7.
The police officer herself witnessed the accident.
reflexive / intensive
8.
Four students found themselves locked out of the room when they were late to class.
reflexive / intensive
9.
I gave you that worksheet myself so I know you have it.
reflexive / intensive
10.
The television announcer couldn't hear himself speaking, so he spoke louder and louder.
reflexive / intensive
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