Reflexive or Intensive


In the following sentence is herself a reflexive or intensive pronoun.

She paid for the car herself.

asked Jan 02 '14 at 17:29 Alma New member

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Intensive pronouns use the reflexive pronoun form. The key to determining an intensive pronoun is that the sentence will still mean the same thing after removing it.

 She paid for the car herself.

 She paid for the car.

This would be an intensive pronoun.


I bought myself a shirt.

I bought a shirt.

This would not be an intensive pronoun. Without 'myself', the shirt could have been for anyone, so it is a reflexive pronoun.

link comment answered Jan 04 '14 at 15:08 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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