Reflexive Pronouns Exercise (118)

Pronouns ending in -self, -selves should be used only to refer to or emphasize another word in the sentence. These reflexive pronouns should not be used in place of other personal pronouns. Some of the sentences below are incorrectly using the reflexive pronouns. Edit as necessary:

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: His cousin and himself are the same age.
Correct : His cousin and he are the same age.

Himself does not refer to any other word in the sentence, so it’s incorrectly used here.

2.
Original: Jimmy fell off his bicycle and hurt himself.
Correct : Jimmy fell off his bicycle and hurt himself.

This sentence was correct originally, as himself refers to Jimmy.

3.
Original: The children himself decorated the tree.
Correct : The children themselves decorated the tree.

Children is plural so themselves should be used. The reflexive pronoun is used correctly here because it emphasizes the word children.

4.
Original: The mother explained that her toddler likes to feed herself.
Correct : The mother explained that her toddler likes to feed herself.

This sentence was correct originally. Herself refers to toddler.

5.
Original: When you have finished filling out the form, give the paper to myself.
Correct : When you have finished filling out the form, give the paper to me.

Myself does not refer to any other word, so it’s incorrect here.

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