Reflexive pronoun

 Reflexive Pronoun?

Reflexive pronoun is a type of pronoun . It refers back to the subject of a sentence that is noun, pronoun, adjective or adverb. Reflexive pronouns denote the reflected action upon the subject like a mirror which is done by that subject.

Reflexive Pronouns are referred to the subject used as object of a verb.

Reflexive pronouns are formed by adding -self to singular personal pronouns and –selves to plural personal pronouns.

There are eight reflexive pronouns in English.

Let’s have a look-

  Singular Number

  •  Myself
  • Yourself
  • Himself
  • Herself
  • Itself

Plural number

  • Ourselves
  • Yourselves
  • Themselves

Examples of Reflexive Pronoun

We can see that we have used reflexive pronouns  in the following examples.

We can use Reflexive pronouns  in singular as well as plural form.


Singular NumberPlural Number
I educate myself. We educate ourselves.
You educate yourself.You educate yourself.
He educates himself.They educate themselves.
She educates himself.They educate themselves.
It educates himself.They educate themselves.


In above sentences,

 Singular personal pronouns are with addition of -self and  plural personal pronouns are with addition of –selves and these pronouns are called compound personal Pronouns.


More examples of Reflexive Pronoun

  • I learn myself to build a website so I am happy.
  • You are speaking to yourself.
  • He had to earn money, so he went to office himself.
  • The principal writes official letters herself because none can write so well.
  • We often tell ourselves not to do bad things and we follow it.
  • The students decorated their class by themselves.


Myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves as well as themselves are compound personal pronouns.

We can use Compound Personal Pronoun as Emphatic Pronoun   as well as Reflexive Pronoun.


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