|Learning English - The Flatmates|
Reflexive pronouns for emphasis
We can use reflexive pronouns to highlight or emphasise the subject or object. It makes it clear that we are talking about this person or thing and nobody or nothing else.
She's only two but she loves trying to feed herself = She's trying to be independent at a young age.
The queen herself is coming to visit our school next year.
They designed their house themselves. They said it was cheaper that way.
The match itself was really good, it's just a pity it ended in a two-all draw.
Themselves/yourselves/ourselves and each other can refer to two people but they are used in slightly different ways.
Kate and Mike are both a bit crazy. You know, they' talk to themselves = Kate talks to herself and Mike talks to himself.
They decided to treat themselves and have dinner in that new restaurant.
They treated each other for their wedding anniversary - he gave her chocolates and she gave him a new shirt.
They looked at each other and instantly fell in love.
The actress tried on the dress and the actor tried on the shirt for the play and then they looked at themselves in the mirrors.
Michal said 'We need to let each other go.'
We don't use reflexive pronouns with some verbs: feel, relax, hurry, concentrate, meet, get up, wash, shave, dress
something was going on
something wrong was happening
you'll always have a special place in my heart
you will always be important to me and I will remember you very fondly
to let each other go
to not be in a relationship anymore and not see each other again