reciprocal pronoun
Definition - A pronoun that is used as the direct object of a reflexive verb.

Notes:
1. Reciprocal pronouns always terminate with self or selves (e.g. himself and ourselves).
2. They are also called reflexive pronoun.

Example -
The herself in She killed herself.

Usage:

1. They must always refer back to a previously mentioned word.

My buddy asked myself to the party. (bad)
My buddy invited himself to the party (good)

Etymology -
The word reciprocal derives from the Latin reciprocus, returning the same way.

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation is from 1797:
"The word self subjoined to a personal pronoun forms also the reciprocal pronoun."
(Encycl. Brit. (ed. 3) VIII. 50/2)



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