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Intensive pronoun

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Intensive pronoun

An intensive pronoun adds emphasis to a statement; for example, "I did it myself." While English intensive pronouns (e.g. myself, yourself, himself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves) use the same form as reflexive pronouns, an intensive pronoun is different from a reflexive, because the pronoun can be removed without altering the meaning of the sentence. An intensive noun works with the antecedent, the word the pronoun replaces. For example, compare "I will do it myself", where "myself" is intensive and can be removed without changing the meaning, to "I sold myself", where "myself" fills the necessary role of direct object.[1]


  • In other languages 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4

In other languages

Latin has a dedicated intensive pronoun, ipse, -a, -um, used to emphasize a noun or pronoun in either a subject or predicate of a sentence

In Spanish, as in most pro-drop languages, emphasis can be added simply by explicitly using the omissible pronoun. Following the above example, "I will do it myself" is rendered "Lo haré yo." Adding "mismo" after the pronoun yields additional emphasis. French uses the disjunctive pronouns for the same purpose.

See also


  1. ^ Leonardi, Vanessa (2012). Cognitive English Grammar. ed. p. 40.  

Further reading

  • Ramsey, Samuel (1968). The English Language and English Grammar. Ardent Media. p. 324.  Discusses how English came to acquire reflexive and intensive pronouns from earlier languages.
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