When to use the reflexive pronouns

Hi everyone, my today's question is when we use the reflexive pronouns on these sentences:

For instance: (Oh, if I'm not asking too much, call you tell me if this use of "For instance" is really right or I have to use "for example")

"A recent survey showed that 58 percent of people do not exercise enough."

"A recent survey showed that 58 percent of people do not exercise themselves enough."

Which one has a more appropriate use?

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Andrezzatkm 2 8 111
... 58 percent of people do not exercise enough.

Usamos "reflexive" quando o verbo pede um complemento.

Nós não dizemos "I exercise somebody", simplesmente dizemos "I exercise".

No caso do verbo "Love", pede um complemento. We love somebody. Então para poder dizer "eu me amo" tenho que dizer "I love myself."
Ancrispa 9 55
We do not use a reflexive pronoun after verbs which describe things people usually do for themselves, such as wash, shave, dress:
He washed [himself] in cold water.
He always shaved [himself] before going out in the evening.
Michael dressed [himself] and got ready for the party.
We only use reflexives with these verbs for emphasis:
He dressed himself in spite of his injuries.
She’s old enough to wash herself.

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/ ... e-pronouns

When NOT to use reflexive pronouns
1. There are a number of verbs in English with which we rarely or never use reflexive pronouns (as they are in other languages).
They include: adapt, complain, concentrate, get up, hide, lie down, meet, move, relax, remember, shave, shower, sit down.
2. After a preposition of place or location we use a personal pronoun and not a reflexive pronoun.
• He put the backpack next to him.


http://www.englishlanguageguide.com/gra ... ronoun.asp

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learn ... v109.shtml