Untriggered Reflexive Pronouns In English Essay


Discuss about the Untriggered Reflexive pronouns in English.



Baker (2012) in his book has focused into the usage of personal pronoun in everyday conversation. He has stated that the usage of personal pronoun is very easy to learn as we use it on a daily basis while we converse. The article stated that there are three types of personal pronoun that one use daily such as first person personal pronoun, second person personal pronoun and third person personal pronoun. The first person pronoun shows the usage of “me” and “we” in the daily conversation. Whereas, second person use you, your and other and third person are words like theirs, he, him, her and others. The information is presented in the book in a very systematic manner with tables and example to make the readers easily understand the motive of the subject written. The article teaches the general idea of personal pronoun, which will help the user to differentiate between different sentences. It is the most general type of noun that completes all types of sentences. It teaches the reader the difference between a noun and a pronoun and tells that a pronoun is used in place of a noun. The book also gives examples from other types of noun to show the differences between them and personal pronoun.

Parker et al. (1990) in their book has shown the relationship between the reflexive pronoun and personal pronoun. It shows the way first, second and third person pronoun is used with the reflexive pronoun. The article has explained the usage of reflexive pronouns with the help of an example such as “you can do your work yourself”. In this sentence, “you” and “your” are first person pronoun and yourself is the reflexive of the first person. This shows that one person can easily form a sentence by using both personal pronoun and reflexive pronoun. However, the article has also shown that there are certain exceptions to the usage of reflexive pronoun with the personal pronoun. There are sentences that use reflexive pronouns even without any co referential with any personal pronoun. This too has been with the help of an example such as “several of the employees and myself met the chairman of the company”. Thus, it is seen in the above sentence that reflexive pronouns are used without the application of any personal pronoun in the sentence. The book has explained both the theories of personal and reflexive pronouns in a very systematic manner with example to make the reader differentiate between them easily. The idea given is very useful for the reader as it helps them to differentiate easily between the two concepts.

Wales (1996) in his book has explained the definition of personal pronoun and has also shown that the definition has changed since the 16th century. The book has mainly focused on personal pronoun explaining the usage of third person personal pronoun. The third person personal pronoun has also been considered as a prototypical pronoun compared to the first person and second person personal pronoun. It has explained the traditional definition and differences between various usages of pronouns that affects the personal pronoun. It is stated that pronouns followed by any NPs are viewed as a restrictive apposition. This is further divided into three forms such as definite determiner, name and definite determiner and NP plus name. All the three forms have different meaning and usage. In the English dialects and any other informal usage of English all the three person of personal pronoun is used as an equivalent demonstrative. The presentation of the book is good, as it has explained different sections of pronoun in both the traditional form and modern world English it is helpful for the readers as they will know the difference between traditional and modern usage of English and will be able to construct the sentences properly.

Thomson & Martinet (1986) in their book has explained about the usage of personal pronoun that can easily be used in place of a noun. It has explained about the most suitable way of using personal pronoun with the other type of pronoun as well as noun. According to the book, there are various types of pronoun that can be used in a sentence at one time. However, the function of each type of pronouns decides the way it can be put in a sentence at one time. Further, it has discussed that there are mainly three cases of personal pronoun such as nominative, possessive and objective. Normative divide personal pronoun into three people such as first, second and third. Whereas, objective is used in which the personal pronoun is a part of an object and lastly possessive is used when the personal pronoun is showing possession. The book is presented in a form that can be easily understood by anyone. There are table and examples given for each type of personal pronoun that shows the usage one can use to define a sentence. There are various complex sentences and a structured explanation like this is very beneficial.


Baker, P. S. (2012). Introduction to Old English. John Wiley & Sons.

Parker, F., Riley, K., & Meyer, C. F. (1990). Untriggered reflexive pronouns in English. American Speech, 65(1), 50-69.

Thomson, A. J., & Martinet, A. V. (1986). A practical English grammar. Oxford.

Wales, K. (1996). Personal pronouns in present-day English. Cambridge University Press.

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