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A previous question, How to call attention to "I" without "I myself" or the pretentious "Even I"?, suggested that the "I myself" construction is often used for emphasis, with one answer correctly pointing out that it is grammatically correct.

I find this completely redundant. When is it suitable to use "I myself"?

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Is the second 'o' in "Loose" redundant? –  tenfour Jul 5 '11 at 16:26
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The myself in "I myself" is called an intensive pronoun. It is used to ascribe significance to the preceding noun or pronoun.

In fact, I myself have gone through the caves.

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I see. So it's simply the placement of the intensive pronoun that I find awkward, then. (As I would write that sentence as "In fact, I have gone through the caves myself.") –  Lloyd Jul 5 '11 at 14:29
    
@Lloyd: Yes. That is another valid way to place the intensive. The nuances in meaning are subtly changed, though. –  Daniel Jul 5 '11 at 14:40
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