Reflexive and Emphatic Pronouns Exercise
Tell which pronouns in the following sentences are reflexive and which are emphatic.
1. I will do it myself.
2. John hurt himself while he was jogging in the park.
3. He himself made the remark.
4. I wash myself when I get up.
5. The boys fooled themselves.
6. We have got ourselves into a mess.
7. Susie killed herself.
8. We enjoyed ourselves at the party.
9. You have set yourself an unattainable goal.
10. We exerted ourselves.
11. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
12. You always think about yourself.
13. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
14. He was sitting by himself.
15. I cannot bring myself to do it.
16. The poor woman poisoned herself.
17. I myself did the job.
18. They gave themselves a lot of trouble.
When a compound personal pronoun (Examples are: myself, yourself, himself etc.) is used as the object of a verb and refers to the same person or thing as that is denoted by the subject, it is called a reflexive pronoun.
For example, in the sentence ‘Susie hurt herself’, the subject (Susie) and the object (herself) refer to the same person Susie. Herself is, therefore, used as a reflexive pronoun.
When a compound personal pronoun is used for the sake of emphasis it is called an emphatic pronoun.
Examples are given below:
I will do it myself.
You yourself need to give an explanation.