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    Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun

    Does the sentence "I baked the cake myself." comprise Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun?

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    Re: Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun

    They are synonyms, so it depends on whom you read. I call it a reflexive pronoun.

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    Re: Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun

    In my humble opinion, the OP is asking whether 'myself' is a reflexive pronoun or an emphatic pronoun there.
    If so, I would consider it to be the latter, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun

    I am not a teacher.

    When reflective pronoun is used to place emphasis on the noun it is called emphatic pronoun.
    In your case I is the subject and he's emphasizing that he did it himself.For me it is an emphatic pronoun.
    I am not a teacher.

    Best way to check is to remove emphatic pronoun and the meaning still remain the same.On the other hand we can not remove reflective pronoun.

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    Re: Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun

    I consider it a reflexive pronoun but not an emphatic pronoun below, but I am not a teacher.
    'I burnt myself while baking the cake.'

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    Re: Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun

    I still consider them synonyms.

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    Re: Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun

    Quote Originally Posted by gurpreetgill4u View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    When reflective pronoun is used to place emphasis on the noun it is called emphatic pronoun.
    In your case I is the subject and he's emphasizing that he did it himself.For me it is an emphatic pronoun.
    I am not a teacher.

    Best way to check is to remove emphatic pronoun and the meaning still remain the same.On the other hand we can not remove reflective pronoun.
    I agree with most of your post, but reflexive pronouns can sometimes be optional - I wash myself.

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    Re: Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I still consider them synonyms.
    I don't really think a word can be a synonym of itself.

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    Re: Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun

    I don't think the plural pronoun 'them' can refer to 'a word', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Reflexive or Emphatic Pronoun

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I don't think the plural pronoun 'them' can refer to 'a word', but I am not a teacher.
    Mike was using 'them' to refer to the noun phrases 'a reflexive pronoun' and 'an emphatic pronoun'.

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