Reflexive pronouns are used when the subject and the complement of the verb are the same. While reflexive verbs are common in many other languages, they are not used as frequently in English. When necessary, the verb is followed by one of the following reflexive pronouns:
Note: “You” can be either singular or plural. Note the reflexive form of the singular (“yourself”) and the plural (“yourselves”).
1. We can use reflexive pronouns with most transitive verbs, but among the most common are:
2. We can use reflexive pronouns when we want to emphasize the subject. In these cases, it is more common to place the pronoun at the end of the sentence rather than after the verb.
3. We use “by” + reflexive pronoun to indicate “alone”.
4. The use of the reflexive pronoun with some verbs can change the meaning.
|We found ourselves in the middle of a very complicated situation. (meaning: to discover unexpectedly)|
5. We do not use reflexive pronouns for actions that people usually do for themselves.
6. We use reflexive pronouns with certain expressions.
|Make yourself at home. (meaning: said to a guest to encourage them to feel comfortable in your home)|
Reciprocal pronouns are formed with the phrase “each other”. This is not a reflexive form, but rather a reciprocal one. In contrast to the reflexive, we have two different subjects that are talking one to one.