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Intensive pronouns

When you’re wanting to get a bit fancy with your sentences, you might use an intensive pronoun. These are used straight after another pronoun or noun to refer back to the pronoun or noun. Someone discussing a political election might make a comment like this:

My wife herself said that I should not vote for this person.

So in this sentence, ‘wife’ is the subject of the sentence. The ‘herself’ that comes immediately after it is an intensive pronoun - it refers to the word ‘wife’. Intensive pronouns are often used, mostly unnecessarily, to emphasise the subject of the sentence. Saying something like ‘I myself...’ uses an intensive pronoun, but often it’s better to ditch the intensive pronoun and say ‘I...’