The self-pronouns as used as:

  1. Reflexive Pronouns
  2. Emphatic Pronouns
  3. Personal Pronouns

This compound personal pronouns can be made by adding the word self of the personal pronouns.

Compound personal pronouns are used reflexively with reflexive verbs and the are unstressed.

Examples – Reflexive Pronouns 

She hurt herself.

He is looking at himself in the mirror.

They gave themselves a great deal of trouble.

He helped himself with some apples.

They are very pleased with themselves.

The self-pronouns are used for emphasis.

Examples – Emphatic Pronouns

I did it myself.

He wrote the message to himself.

You should do it yourself.

She do that project by herself.

We decide to do that ourselves.

The emphasis is even stronger if the -self pronoun follows the subject.

Examples

I myself did it.

She said that David himself did that.

He himself wrote that message.

We ourself decide to do that.

 

Compound personal pronouns are used instead of personal pronouns i, you, etc. if they are connected with the preceded non by and or like.

Examples – Personal pronouns

My friend and myself were only in the shop.

Bowie, like myself, know how to play guitar.

 

When you add by before Self-Pronouns – by myself, by yourself, by himself, by themself, .etc, that means alone.

Examples

I can fix that by myself.

The bridge stands by itself.

She has setting on the bench by herself.

Can he do that by himself ?

 

Try our quiz to build your knowledge about Self-Pronouns.

They looked pleased with _________.

themselves
they

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She made ______ a cup of tea.

she
herself

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Hi blamed ________ for that.

himself
him

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Sisters are doin' it for ________

themselves
them

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Do it __________.

yourself
you

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She celebrate _______.

herself
her

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Sit down, make __________ comfortable.

yourself
you

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Rest ________ by the pool.

yourself
you

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David stood by the door, singing softly, almost to _________.

himself
him

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Wrong!

All the time I was asking ______ what I was working at.

myself
me

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