Knowledge of Language - Reflexive Pronouns
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Knowledge of Language - Reflexive Pronouns

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Reflexive pronouns are pronouns that refer back to the subject of the sentence. Examples of reflexive pronouns include: himself, herself, itself, yourself, themselves, ourselves, yourselves and myself.

A simple sentence is composed of three parts: the subject – the verb – the object. When the subject and the object are the same thing, then you need to use a reflexive pronoun.

Here is an example of a simple sentence. John looked at the mirror.

In this sentence, “John” is the subject, “looked” is the verb and “mirror” is the object. The subject and the object are two different things so a reflexive pronoun is not needed.

Now let’s change the sentence up a bit. John looked at himself in the mirror. In this sentence “John” is the subject, “looked” is the verb and “himself” is the object. The mirror is not the object because John was not looking at it. Since the subject and the object are the same thing, i.e., John, the reflexive pronoun “himself” is used.

1.
Locate the correct reflexive pronoun that should be used in the blank provided.

Did you actually build that all by __________?
ourselves
themselves
yourselves
yourself
In the sentence the word “you” is the subject. It is a singular pronoun. This tells us that Answers (a), (b) and (c) are not correct as they each refer to a plural subject. Answer (d) is the correct singular reflexive pronoun of “you”.
2.
Locate the correct reflexive pronoun that should be used in the blank provided.

She had to pinch _____________ to be sure what she saw was real.
himself
myself
itself
herself
In this sentence the subject is “she” showing that the subject is singular and feminine. Answer (a) refers to a singular male subject so it is not correct. Answer (b) refers to a singular object that is the speaker (I, me) and is, therefore, not the correct Answer. Answer (c) refers to a singular object or thing and not a person. This makes this answer incorrect. Answer (d) refers to a singular feminine subject and is the correct reflexive pronoun to be used as the object here.
3.
Locate the correct reflexive pronoun that should be used in the blank provided.

He didn’t know what to do with ___________ after all of his chores were done.
itself
myself
himself
herself
In this sentence the subject is “he” showing that the subject is singular. Answer (a) refers to an object or thing and not a person (he) so it is not the correct Answer. Answer (b) is the reflexive pronoun that would relate to the person speaking (I or me). As the person speaking is not referenced here, Answer (b) is not correct. Answer (d) refers to a feminine subject. He is a male subject so Answer (d) is not correct. Answer (c) refers to a singular, male subject and is the correct reflexive pronoun to be used here.
4.
Locate the correct reflexive pronoun that should be used in the blank provided.

We got __________ into this mess so we can get _________ out.
ourselves - itself
ourselves - ourselves
themselves - themselves
yourselves - yourselves
In this sentence the subject is “we” showing that the subject is singular. It also shows that the speaker is included in the subject. Answers (c) and (d) refer to plural subjects that do not include the speaker. Therefore, neither of these Answers is correct. Answer (a) shows a plural reflexive pronoun and a singular reflexive pronoun which are two different things, i.e., the subject and object are different so this is not the correct Answer. Answer (b) refers to a plural subject where the speaker is included and is the correct reflexive pronoun needed in this sentence.
5.
Locate the correct reflexive pronoun that should be used in the blank provided.

He did the work all by ___________.
myself
itself
herself
himself
The Answer (a) refers to the person speaking and would be used with the pronoun “I”. It is, therefore, not the correct reflexive pronoun. Answer (b) is the reflexive pronoun of an object and not a person. Answer (c) is the feminine reflexive pronoun of “she” or “her” so this Answer is also not correct. Answer (d) shows the correct reflexive pronoun for “he” (the subject).
6.
Locate the correct reflexive pronoun that should be used in the blank provided.

We only have _______________ to blame for being late.
ourselves
themselves
herself
itself
Answers (c) and (d) each are singular reflexive pronouns. However, the sentence starts with the subject “we” telling us the subject is plural. This makes both (c) and (d) incorrect. Answer (b) refers to two or more subjects but does not include the person speaking which is explained by the pronoun “we”. As “we” is the subject, the reflexive pronoun would be “ourselves” making (a) the correct answer.
7.
Locate the correct reflexive pronoun that should be used in the blank provided.

Shirley and Michael helped __________ to another piece of cake.
himself
themselves
ourselves
themself
The Answer (d) “themself” is not a word so it is incorrect. Shirley and Michael are the subjects of the sentence. As such, the reflexive pronoun must reflect a plural subject. Answer (a) “himself” is a singular reflexive pronoun so it is not the correct answer. When using “ourselves”, one of the subjects must be the person speaking, i.e., me or I and/or be a part of “we”. As that does not exist here, Answer (c) is not correct. As the pronoun for Shirley and Michael is “them”, the reflexive pronoun is “themselves” and the object that is the same as the subject.
8.
Locate the correct reflexive pronoun that should be used in the blank provided.

The two of you should be very angry with _____________ for making your mother cry.
yourselves
yourself
itself
himself
In this sentence the phrase “the two of you” is the subject and tells us that the subject is plural. Because of this, Answers (b), (c) and (d) are not correct as they each refer to a singular subject. Answer (a) is the correct plural reflexive pronoun of the two of “you”.
9.
Locate the correct reflexive pronoun that should be used in the blank provided.

The trial _________ was more than what anyone imagined.
themselves
yourselves
itself
yourself
Answers (a) and (b) refer to plural persons as the subject. The subject in this sentence is “trial” which is definitely not a person so they are not the answers. Answer (d) refers to a singular person as the subject and, again, the subject of this sentence is not a person so this is not the Answer. Answer (c) tells us the subject is an object or thing so this is the reflexive pronoun we are looking for to be used with the "trial".
10.
Locate the correct reflexive pronoun that should be used in the blank provided.

I can tie my shoes all by _____________.
himself
myself
herself
themselves
Answers (a) and (c) each refer to a singular person, i.e., he and she. Neither “he” nor “she” are the reflexive pronoun for the pronoun "I". Answer (d) is a plural reflexive pronoun and is, therefore, not the correct Answer. Answer (b) is singular and refers to the person speaking, or “I”. The reflexive pronoun for “I” is “myself” making (b) the correct Answer.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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