Thursday, December 3, 2009

Emphatic Pronouns and Reflexive Pronouns

Emphatic Pronouns and Reflexive Pronouns look alike in form , but they are different in usage .

Both of them are formed by adding -self or -selves to the possessive or object-form of pronouns .

I ----------------Myself






You----------------Yourselves (plural)


Emphatic Pronouns are used to emphasize the subject of the sentence . They are often placed at the end of sentences .

*I did it myself . ( that is , no other person did it )

*She cooked the meals herself .

* He cleaned the room himself .

* I drove the car all the way myself .

Emphatic Pronouns sometimes come immediately after the subject

I myself did it .

She herself cleaned the whole house .

Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive Pronouns are used when the doer is affected by his or her own action

* She hurt herself while cutting vegetables,

* He blamed himself for what had happened .

* Othello stabbed himself to death

*She pricked herself with a needle .

Please note that there are some verbs which are used with reflexive pronouns and then these verbs have different meanings !

* She enjoyed herself during her stay in Cochin .( that is , she had a nice time )

*You should behave \yourself in public. . ( that is , you should behave decently .)*

Enough for today !

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