A reflexive pronoun is one that refers back to another noun, usually the subject of the verb : myself, yourself, himself, herself, oneself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves. They are therefore unusual in that a different pronoun is used for the second person singular and plural.
Reflexive pronouns can be used in four ways :
1. They can be used as the object of the verb when the subject and object are the same.- eg :
The cat was washing itself - subject = the cat; object = the cat
Notice that when the object of the verb is a reflexive pronoun, the passive form is not possible :
So : He cut the grass this morning / The grass was cut this morning
He hurt himself this morning but not * Himself was hurt this morning
With a few verbs. reflexive pronouns are obligatory - eg:
She prides herself on her knowledge of the history of the area.
Many languages rely on reflexive verbs as in this way much more than English. For example : French - Je me suis lavé; Italian - Mi sono lavato; German - Ich wusch michcan all be translated by the English I washed myself. But it would be more natural in English to avoid the reflexive construction and say I got washed.