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Reflexive pronouns #1 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:35 am   Reflexive pronouns
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #40 "Reflexive Pronouns", question 8

Icarus said he would try and he promised his father: I will not injure ..........

(a) yourself
(b) myself
(c) ourselves

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #40 "Reflexive Pronouns", answer 8

Icarus said he would try and he promised his father: I will not injure myself.

Correct answer: (b) myself
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Why the answer is 'myself'?

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Reflexive pronouns #2 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:38 am   Reflexive pronouns
 

Hi,

'I' would be followed by 'myself' as 'you -yourself' 'he himself' and so on.

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Reflexive pronouns #3 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:44 am   Reflexive pronouns
 

By the way, the right answer implies knowing The legend of Icarus.
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Reflexive pronouns #4 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:47 am   Reflexive pronouns
 

Not really, Tamara-- we could put any name in the sentence and it would still require the same answer:

George/Lance/ Evel Knievel said he would try and he promised his father: 'I will not injure myself'.
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Reflexive pronouns #5 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 13:26 pm   Reflexive pronouns
 

In my view, Mister Micawber, the right answer still depends on the particular situation.

I (as an ESL learner who is unfamiliar with the legend :)) might think, for example, that Icarus is a young boy
being devoted by karate who is asked by his father to show him some… newly learned exercises, by using his father’s belly (that is a far cry from (a?) 'flat stomach', in fact :) )
And that boy Icarus is just going to do a try. :)

Wouldn’t ‘yourself’ be the right answer in this case? :)
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Reflexive pronouns #6 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 13:29 pm   Reflexive pronouns
 

Hi Tamara, you can either insure yourself or somebody else. Take a look at these examples:

I will not injure myself.
I will not injure you.
You will not injure yourself.
You will not injure yourselves.

In all of these cases it's clear who is the subject and who the object. If you start your sentence with "I" as the subject, you can either use the object you or the reflexive pronoun myself.

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Reflexive pronouns #7 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 13:31 pm   Reflexive pronouns
 

injure

Ok. Thanks.
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Reflexive pronouns #8 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 13:33 pm   Reflexive pronouns
 

Thanks for pointing out that typo, it would have worked with insure too:-)

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Reflexive pronouns #9 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 13:40 pm   Reflexive pronouns
 

:)

Torsten wrote:
it would have worked with insure too:-)

http://www.lifestylemortgage.co.uk/Insurance.htm
(find 'insure ourselves' )

Why can't I say (from the first person): I will not insure ourselves? :shock:
(for example, my child AND myself or my whole family)
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Reflexive pronouns #10 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 14:26 pm   Reflexive pronouns
 

Hi Tamara,

The name 'reflexive' wouldn't accept that. 'I' can't be reflected by 'ourselves'.

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Reflexive pronouns #11 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 14:54 pm   Reflexive pronouns
 

Tamara, you could say 'I will (not) insure us', 'I'll make us some supper' or 'I'll buy us a round', for example.
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Reflexive pronouns #12 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 15:13 pm   Reflexive pronouns
 

Alan wrote:
'I' can't be reflected by 'ourselves'.

"We, Icarus I, will not injure ourselves." :lol: :)

Thanks, indeed.

Sometimes we make wonderful discoveries (for ourselves :) ) even at Elementary level. :)

TaMarA & tAmArA, Siamese twins with two our silly, born injured, heads.
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Reflexive pronouns #13 (permalink) Thu Nov 02, 2006 15:31 pm   Reflexive pronouns
 

Tamara wrote:
"We, Icarus I, will not injure ourselves." :lol: :)


That brings to mind the patronising use of 'we' favoured by nurses, doctors or the royalty, for example:

    How are we this morning?
    Have we moved our bowels today?
    We shall be amused.
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Pronouns #14 (permalink) Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:55 am   Pronouns
 

Hello,
Would you please tell me how to use pronouns (myself......; other.....) in English ?
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Reflexive pronouns #15 (permalink) Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:35 am   Reflexive pronouns
 

What do your dots ('......') mean?
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