what are reflexive and emphatic pronuns ???
We use a reflexive pronoun when we want to refer back to the subject of the sentence or clause. Reflexive pronouns end in “-self" (singular) or “-selves” (plural).
There are eight reflexive pronouns. These are myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves and themselves.
- He was ashamed of himself after his misconduct at school;
- Please help yourselves;
- Infants are unable to look after themselves; etc.
Emphatic pronouns are used to just emphasise the action of the subject.
1. He himself ordered the birthday cake;
2. I consulted the property dealer myself; etc.
Kindly note that an emphatic pronoun can be removed from the sentence and the core meaning would not be affected. A reflexive pronoun, on the other hand, is vital. The sentence wouldn’t make complete sense or wouldn’t seem logical if you remove the reflexive pronoun.
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