Reflexive Pronoun and Reciprocal Pronoun

 By Jiabao Hors
Reflexive Pronoun and Reciprocal Pronoun
1. Reflexive Pronoun
Singularmyselfyourselfhimself, herself, itselfoneself
Pluralourselvesyourselvesthemselves


1.1 As object : It's main usage of reflexive pronoun.

For examples:
  • I hope you'll enjoy yourselves.
  • Let me introduce myself.
  • To deceive oneself is very easy.
  • She prided herself on her cooking.

1.2 As object of preposition : Reflexive pronoun is usually used after preposition.

For examples:
  • I'm annoyed with myself.
  • She was speaking to herself.
  • He didn't pay for himself.
  • Take good care of yourself.

1.3 As appositive of subject or object : Reflexive pronoun is used to emphasize subject or object in this way.

For examples:
  • Mary herself opened the door.
  • The novel itself is a masterpiece.
  • She wanted to see Tom himself.
  • I liked the diamond itself.

1.4 As predictive : Reflexive pronoun acts as predictive, similarly as object.

For examples:
  • That happy girl was myself.
  • He wasn't himself last week.

1.5 As subject : Reflexive pronoun can be part of subject, but hardly acts as subject independently.

For examples:
  • My sister and myself were anxious about it.
  • My brother is as happy as myself.
  • I hope Jack and yourself are keeping well.

1.6 As adverbial : Reflexive pronoun can emphasize verb sometimes.

For examples:
  • I'll do it myself.
  • She made the dress herself.
  • Henry opened the safe himself.
  • You had better go there yourselves.
2. Reciprocal Pronoun
There are 2 reciprocal pronoun:
  • one another: for two people
  • each other: for two or more people
They express people of 2 or more who are with relationship or connection.

2.1 As object : It's main usage of reciprocal pronoun.

For examples:
  • We finally influence each other.
  • We have known each other for many years.
  • You and your brother can help one another.

2.2 As object of preposition : Reciprocal pronoun is usually used as preposition object.

For examples:
  • They stuck at each other.
  • Their rooms were next to each other.
  • They exchanged news with one another.
  • Liz and Ray should listen to one another.

2.3 As attribute : Reciprocal pronoun is noun in nature, so it needs to add "'s" to act as attribute.

For example:
  • They hold each other's hands.
  • They often stay in each other's houses.
  • The twin show one another's gifts.
  • Dad and I kept one another's letters.