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Section 11.2.8

Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns

Reflexive pronouns are used when a subject noun takes itself as its own object. Some common reflexive pronouns are myself, ourselves, oneself, and herself.

Certain tomopterid worms defend themselves by squirting out a bioluminescent fluid.

--Bruce Robison, "Light in the Ocean's Midwaters," Scientific American (modified)

Reflexive pronouns can also be used to emphasize the subject. In that case, they are called intensive pronouns.

I did it myself.

Use intensive pronouns sparingly, since they can make your document wordy.

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