Intensive Pronoun

An intensive pronoun re-emphasizes a noun or pronoun by taking the place of its antecedent to avoid repeating the same word.

In English intensive pronouns are formed just like reflexive pronouns--by adding -self or -selves to the root pronoun.

Examples: We did it all by ourselves.

The admiral himself inspected the boat.

The only intensive pronouns in modern English are the following:

myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves.

The words hisself and theirselves do not exist.


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