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Reflexive pronouns – myself, himself, yourself

By Mary Morel

The reflexive pronouns are myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves.

We use a reflexive pronoun when the subject and object are the same person or thing.

I cut myself.
He looked at himself in the mirror.

You can also use a reflexive pronoun occasionally as an intensifier.

I myself hate knitting.

It is incorrect to use a reflexive pronoun as a substitute for me. (Some might say it is ‘non-standard’ English, but I hate seeing myself used instead of me so I will stick with ‘incorrect’.)

A common example of an incorrect use is:

Please send this to myself.
Please don’t hesitate to contact myself.

In both of these examples, the correct word is me (object). The hidden subject in both sentences is you.

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