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Reflexive pronouns again))))



ladzoya
Belarus

Reflexive pronouns again))))
 
Hello every one!
I need your help again with reflexive pronouns. 
I am in confusion. In most English resourses such verbs as FEEL relax wash etc. we do NOT use reflexive pronouns.
But in one English book I have found the information that we use reflexive pronouns after the verbs be look seem FEEL.
May be somebody knows when FEEL  is possible? 

6 Dec 2018      



redcamarocruiser
United States

He feels himself falling asleep. He feels himself starting to get drunk, but he keeps on drinking.  He feels himself getting dizzy. A man is only as old as he feels himself to be. They felt themselves getting bored. At work a man does not feel himself at home. He felt himself inferior. He felt himself coming down with a cold. He felt himself compelled to weigh in.

6 Dec 2018     



ladzoya
Belarus

Thanks for examples! If there any rule when to use feel with reflexive pronouns?

6 Dec 2018     



redcamarocruiser
United States

I looked for a grammar rule, but so far didn īt find one. He noticed himself getting sleepy means the same thing as he felt himself getting sleepy. So, maybe we can substitute feels for notices. I hope someone more knowledgeable in grammar will weigh in. I did find this rule: When the subject and the object refer to the same person or thing we use reflexive pronouns. Exit: Thanks FrauSue for seducing the rules (below)!

6 Dec 2018     



ladzoya
Belarus

Thank you very much!!!

6 Dec 2018     



FrauSue
France

Based on your examples, I think we could say that the rule is when a second verb is involved.
 
Subject + feel + adjective --> He felt sleepy.
Subject + feel + reflexive pronoun + verbING ... --> He felt himself getting sleepy. (Or: He felt that he was getting sleepy.)

8 Dec 2018