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Reflexive & Intensive Pronouns

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Reflexive/Intensive Pronouns are personal pronouns with -self at the end.

myself ourselves yourself yourselves himself herself itself themselves

The difference between using them reflexively and intensively:


*A reflexive pronoun must refer back to the subject of a sentence.
*An intensive pronoun uses a reflexive pronoun to add emphasis to the subject of
the sentence.
Examples:
I wrote that poem myself. (Reflexive myself reflects back to I)
She baked the wedding cake herself. (Reflexive- herself reflects back to she)
I myself wrote that poem. (Intensive-used to emphasize I)
I saw Jim himself at the wedding. (Intensive-used to emphasize I)

For example: you cannot use myself as a reflexive pronoun unless I is the subject of
the sentence.
Likewise, you cannot use herself as a reflexive pronoun unless she (or the noun
that she represents) is the subject of the sentence.

Here are some examples of the correct and incorrect uses of the reflexive myself.

Correct: I fixed the broken fence myself.


Incorrect: She gave Jim and myself new books. (Myself should be me.)
*Note that hisself, theirselves, and ourself are not words.

Fill in the blank with the appropriate reflexive/intensive pronoun. Label the
pronoun as r or i for reflexive or intensive. Remember that the pronoun will
refer to the same person who is the subject of the sentence.
1. I made that dress ___________________.
2. She ____________ said that it was true.
3. He made _______________ a huge sandwich for a snack.
4. You _____________ said it couldnt be done, but you did it!
5. The little boy made the tower of blocks al by ______________.
Circle the reflexive pronoun in each sentence below.

Example A: He bought the gift for himself. Answer: himself

1. Make sure to remind yourself of the things you need to do.

2. She thought to herself while she was in the library.

3. I saw myself in the mirror.

4. We blamed ourselves for the mistake.

5. Can you help yourselves?

6. They cannot look after themselves.

Directions: Write a sentence with each reflexive pronoun given below.

7. yourself-
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8. myself-
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9. himself -
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Directions: Write the reflexive pronoun from the word bank that best completes each sentence below

myself yourself himself herself ourselves themselves


yourselves itself

1. I told _____________________ to always give all my effort.

2. We gave ______________________ a pat on the back for the good work.

3. Please calm __________________ down.

4. He took ____________________ out of the ball game.

5. She whispered to ________________________ when she was alone.

6. They gave ___________________ a twenty minute break.

7. You guys gave _________________ a more difficult task.

8. The dog ran ______________________ into the fence


Directions: Circle the intensive pronoun in each sentence below.

Example A: He himself brought a gift for his parents. Answer: himself

1. Did you yourself make the dinner?

2. I myself like to take walks after breakfast.

3. She herself did a great job on setting up the party.

4. Leave it alone! I will do it myself.

5. Did you discover that yourself?

6. I myself feel like I did a great job.

7. They themselves are ready for the game.

8. You yourself need to be more careful.

9. We ourselves made sure to be on time.

10. You yourselves can win the game.

11. The leader himself believed in his followers.

12. The kids themselves were excited about the field trip

Directions: For each intensive pronoun listed below, write a sentence. Make sure the intensive pronoun
adds emphasis to the subject of the sentence.

Example A: himself Answer: He himself brought a gift for his parents.

1. himself-

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2. myself-

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3. yourself-

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4. herself-

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5. ourselves-

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6. themselves-

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