Name: __________________________________________ Date: ___________
Pronouns: Reflexive and Intensive
Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns in sentences.
Example: Mark will take Mark’s little brother with Mark.
You can substitute pronouns to make the sentence clearer:
Mark will take his little brother with him.
See the chart below containing singular and plural nominative, objective,
possessive, and reflexive personal pronouns. Review the examples of special
pronouns and the rules of agreement that follow the chart.
Personal Pronouns (Reflexive and intensive pronouns are in boldface.)
I, me, my, mine
you, your, yours
he, she, it, him, her, hers,
its, himself, herself, itself
we, us, our
you, your, yours,
they, them, their, theirs
REFLEXIVE AND INTENSIVE PRONOUNS
Reflexive pronouns are used to reflect the subject for clarity.
Examples: I will do it myself.
Arnie was able to build the model himself, and the teacher was impressed.
Reflexive pronouns never substitute for subject or object pronouns.
INCORRECT: Ben and myself will do the project together.
CORRECT: Ben and I will do the project together.
INCORRECT: The program will be introduced by Andrea and myself.
CORRECT: The program will be introduced by Andrea and me.
Intensive pronouns are used to intensify or strengthen a statement.
I myself will have the first slice of cake.
The queen herself made an appearance at the ball.
Use pronouns correctly in a story. With a partner, write a story or series of
related sentences using ten of the pronouns in the chart above, including at least
one reflexive and one intensive pronoun. Read your story or sentences aloud to
another pair. Have them check the sentences for correct usage.