Read the following sentences and state whether the pronouns are emphatic or reflexive.

  1. Who painted this portrait? I did it myself.

  2. I myself went to the post office to post the letter.

  3. The captain himself led the attack.

  4. We did it ourselves.

  5. Don’t touch that wire. You will hurt yourself.

  6. I will give myself five days to finish the job.

  7. The spy shot himself.

  8. Jane herself told me that she was quitting the dance class.

  9. Believe me. I myself heard him.

  10. What is the point in asking them? They themselves don’t know anything.

  11. She made herself a cup of tea.

Answers

  1. Who painted this portrait? I did it myself. (myself – emphatic)

  2. I myself went to the post office to post the letter. (myself – emphatic)

  3. The captain himself led the attack. (himself – emphatic)

  4. We did it ourselves. (ourselves – emphatic)

  5. Don’t touch that wire. You will hurt yourself. (yourself – reflexive)

  6. I will give myself five days to finish the job. (myself – reflexive)

  7. The spy shot himself. (himself – reflexive)

  8. Jane herself told me that she was quitting the dance class. (herself – emphatic)

  9. Believe me. I myself heard him. (myself – emphatic)

  10. What is the point in asking them? They themselves don’t know anything. (themselves – emphatic)

  11. She made herself a cup of tea. (herself – emphatic)

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Emphatic and reflexive pronouns
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