Reflexive pronouns reflect back to the subject of a sentence. The English reflexive pronouns are: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves. Each one can only be used with its personal pronoun counterpart when that personal pronoun is the subject of the sentence:
|Personal Pronoun||Reflexive Pronoun||A Sample Sentence|
|I||myself||I hurt myself again.|
|you||yourself||You can do it yourself.|
|he||himself||He enjoyed himself.|
|she||herself||She helped herself to some candy.|
|it||itself||It destroyed itself in a few seconds.|
|we||ourselves||We found ourselves in a strange city.|
|you||yourselves||You must clean yourselves up before dinner.|
|they||themselves||They accidentally burned themselves.|
If the reflexive pronoun and the personal pronoun are not counterparts, then personal pronouns should be used in the sentence. Look at these examples:
|I hurt myself again.||I hurt him again. I hurt them again.|
|He enjoyed himself.||He enjoyed it. He enjoyed them.|
|They harmed themselves.||They harmed me. They harmed her.|
Remember that third-person singular and plural nouns will use the appropriate third-person singular and plural reflexive pronouns:
- Marta bought herself a new car.
- The boy cut himself.
- The alien creature wounded itself with its own claws.
- The men helped themselves to some beer.