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What Are Intensive Pronouns? (with Examples)The intensive pronouns (also called emphatic pronouns) are myself, yourself, herself, himself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves.
These words can be either intensive pronouns or reflexive pronouns.
This page is about their use as intensive pronouns.
Using Intensive PronounsAn intensive pronoun refers back to another noun (or pronoun) in the sentence to emphasize it. For example:
- The mayor himself attended the ceremony. (The mayor is the noun being intensified. It is called the antecedent of the intensive pronoun.)
Examples of Intensive PronounsHere are some examples of intensive pronouns:
- She will do it herself. (The intensive pronoun herself emphasizes that she will do it. Her husband won't do it. Her son won't do it. SHE will do it.)
- The boys baked these scones themselves. (The intensive pronoun themselves emphasizes that the boys baked the scones, i.e., not their mothers.)
- I heard the lie myself. (The intensive pronoun myself emphasizes that I heard the lie.)
- The dog opened the cupboard itself.
- SHE will do it.
- I heard the lie.
- THE DOG opened the cupboard.
See also: reflexive pronouns