Lesson 1: Reflexive pronouns for emphasis

We can use reflexive pronouns (myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves) to emphasise that someone in the sentence did the thing, when we might expect someone else to do it.

  • The doctor gave me the medicine herself. (= This means the doctor did it and not anyone else. Maybe here we expect that the pharmacist might do it.)
  • She spoke to the manager himself. (= She spoke to the manager and not anyone else.)
  • I will cook dinner myself! (= I will cook and not anyone else.)

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