Reflexive and Reciprocal Pronouns

Reflexive Pronouns

Reflexive pronouns are easy to spot. They always end in –self or –selves:

Singular Plural
myself ourselves
yourself yourselves
himself themselves

These pronouns are often used as a direct object:

Sarah saw herself in the mirror.

At other times, they add emphasis to a subject or object. In this role they are sometimes called intensive or emphatic pronouns:

The professor himself committed a solecism.

Reciprocal Pronouns

Reciprocal pronouns are two pronouns that work together and form a pair. There are just two pairs to learn:

Reciprocal Pronouns
each other one another

They often help when the subject of a sentence is in the plural:

Good friends take care of each other.

In this example, the action is reciprocated, or returned in kind.