What are reflexive and Emphatic Pronouns?Reflexive pronouns are the pronouns that show that the activity of the subject reflects upon the practitioner. Whenever reflexive pronouns are used just after the noun to stress or emphasise the noun, they are called emphatic pronouns. Emphatic pronouns are used to stress the subject. Since the subject can be a noun or a pronoun they are otherwise called Intensive Pronouns. Emphatics pronouns are only reflexive pronouns with a shift of placement. These are likewise framed by adding – self for singular or – selves for plural towards the finish of specific individual pronouns. They rely upon the number and orientation of the gender given.
Explain with examples some of the Emphatic Pronouns.Some of the emphatic pronouns which we often use are-
|Herself||She herself travelled back to the college.|
|Ourselve||We ourselves only made food with home ingredients.|
|Myself||I myself completed the work all alone.|
|itself||The box moved by itself on the table|
|himself||He himself should understand the problem|
|themselve||The group themselves asked for the clarification|
|ownself||For your ownself I am suggesting you to do the work|
Difference between the reflexive pronoun and the emphatic pronounThe main difference lies in how they are utilised in the sentences. Some of the notable differences between both pronouns are as follow-
- A pronoun is a reflexive one assuming the activity of the subject reflects upon the practitioner while emphatic pronouns, then again, are utilised to simply focus upon the activity of the subject.
- An emphatic pronoun can be taken out from the sentence and the central significance of the sentences would not be hampered whereas if the reflexive pronoun is removed or taken out of the sentence then it would fail to make any sense.
- If there is a shift of the emphatic pronoun in the sentence to any other context, the meaning of the sentence remains the same while if the same happens with the reflexive pronoun then the entire meaning gets changed.
- A reflexive pronoun can never become the main subject of the sentence whereas the emphatic pronoun can become the subject of the sentence as it is talking about the noun
- Example -she talks to herself while sleeping -Reflexive Pronoun