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Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive Pronouns                                                       

Play the quick video lesson HERE and click the upper left back arrow to return to this lesson.

Common Core Language Standard 1

Just like intensive pronouns, reflexive pronouns use “self” or “selves” to tag onto pronouns. However, a reflexive pronoun does not add force or emphasis as does an intensive pronoun. Instead, a reflexive pronoun makes the meaning of a sentence more clear and so it is needed to make sense of the sentence. The prefix “re” meaning again is helpful to remember, because a reflexive pronoun must talk about or refer to a subject of a sentence once again. When we talk about or refer to something that comes before it in a sentence, we have to signal this relationship with punctuation.

Today’s grammar and usage lesson is on reflexive pronouns. Remember that a pronoun takes the place of a noun. 

Now let’s read the mechanics lesson and study the examples.

Reflexive pronouns end in “self” or “selves” and refer to the subject of a sentence. The reflexive pronoun cannot serve as the subject of the sentence.

These are the reflexive pronouns:

myself, ourselves, yourself, yourselves, himself (not hisself), herself, itself, and themselves.

Reflexive pronouns are necessary to the meaning of the sentence and usually follow verbs or prepositions. Examples: Pete gave himself a break and grabbed a cookie forhimself.

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to mechanics lesson.

Practice: Leta hurt herself on the hike. Yourself helped her. It was good to see that for ourselves.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Grammar and Usage Practice Answers: Leta hurt herself on the hike. Youhelped her. It was good to see that for ourselves.

Now let’s apply what we have learned. 

Writing Application: Write your own sentence using a reflexive pronoun.


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