In this lesson we are going to learn about two special kinds of pronouns: reflexive and reciprocal. The first, besides being used when the subject and the object of a sentence are the same, can also function as the object of a preposition (as in “I did it by myself”).
When used to emphasize the subject, reflexive pronouns are often referred to as “intensive pronouns”.
In turn, reciprocal pronouns are used for feelings or actions that are reciprocated or mutual.
1) Let’s start by watching this video. Pay attention to the examples and try to learn them by heart.
2) In the following links you can read some theory in english about both reflexive and reciprocal pronouns.
3) Now, let’s do some practice with these exercises:
4) Time to practise your listening skills. Notice how reciprocal pronouns are used in this song called “Acquiesce” by Oasis.
5) Use the sentences from the above exercises to practice with your language exchange. If you don't have a language exchange (or a teacher) you are wasting your time, you'll never learn to speak English.
6) It’s vital to learn new vocabulary. Extract all the words you don't know from this article from “The Guardian”. Look the new words up in an English-English dictionary like this one.
7) Listen and read this story. You should learn all the vocabulary and practice pronunciation. And, for the most daring, read this article from “The Economist”.
8) Finally, write a story of about 160-200 words using as many reflexive and reciprocal pronouns as possible. You can use examples from the videos and exercises above.
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