Compound Personal Pronouns- Basic Explanations

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In the previous blog post, we discussed the many forms of Personal Pronouns. In this post, we will discuss Compound Personal Pronouns.

A Compound Personal Pronoun is formed simply by adding –self or –selves to the Personal Pronoun.

First Person:  (the person speaking) myself, ourselves 

Second Person: (the person spoken to) yourself,  (singular) yourselves (plural) 

Third Person:  (the person spoken about, usually our topics in gossips, joke ^_^ ) himself, herself, itself, oneself, themselves

Note: It’s never correct to say hisself or theirselves, so don’t do it.

There are two kinds of Compound Personal Pronouns.

A.     Intensive Compound Personal Pronoun

Example: Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao himself delivered the flowers to me.

Why do we call this pronoun an Intensive Pronoun? Because it shows the intensity—Manny himself, not another person, OMG, it’s Manny himself, in flesh and in blood, who delivered the flowers to me. (This is just an example sentence, I don’t want to get in trouble with his strikingly beautiful wife.)

B.     Reflexive Personal Pronoun

Example: Ouch! I cut myself!
Why do we call this pronoun Reflexive Personal Pronoun? It’s because the Subject (I) and the object (myself) are the same. The object (myself) goes back to the subject (I)

That’s all for today and see you again! Have a nice day and stay safe!


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