Intensive pronouns are similar to reflexive pronouns as they end in -self or -selves (myself, herself, ourselves, themselves, etc). The intensive pronouns are also called emphatic pronouns as we use them to add emphasis in a sentence in which they are used. Intensive pronouns usually come immediately after the pronoun they refer to although occasionally, they may appear farther away.
The following examples show the uses of the intensive pronouns in two different ways:
1. The intensive pronoun appears immediately after the pronoun it refers to:
- I myself can look after the whole place.
- You yourself will have to answer for your action.
- He himself repaired the machine.
- The team felt that the uneven field itself was to blame for their loss.
- Why the facts themselves were not used as evidence?
2. The intensive pronoun appears further away:
- I can look after the whole place myself.
- You will have to answer for your action yourself.
- He repaired the machine himself.
- You should see the store as it is on the corner of the street itself.
- The firefighters didn't fight the fire themselves; they received help from the affected residents.