- For Teachers
After reading the book, the boy imagined fighting with the King's men.
After reading the book, the boy imagined himself fighting with the King's men.
When is it necessary to use 'imagine" with a reflexive pronoun? I've looked the verb in dictionaries, but failed to come up with a guideline
Thank you, Raymott. What about these ones? I can't see any difference in structure:
Imagine yourself sitting behind your big new desk.
Imagine earning that much money!
Can I omit the pronoun in (1) and use it in (2)?
I don't wish to be pedantic (well, OK, maybe I do) but it's actually:
Picture yourself in a boat on a river ...
It appears that the reflexive pronoun is more appropriate when there is an actual physical activity involved, such as sitting in a boat or behind a desk. In physical activities, you imagining your self, or your body, doing something. You see yourself mentally.
With earning money, you are not actually imagining a physical activity at all, but simply having a lot of money which you acquire through your work.
Similar non-physical examples are: "Imagine believing your were Superman.", "Imagine never knowing what to do next."
Got it! Thank you