Questions about reflexive verbs and pronouns

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Usage of reflexive pronouns

I have read answers to questions like When is it correct to use "yourself" and "myself" (versus "you" and "me")? but I couldn't find a general rule for using ...
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Is it correct to say 'we'll have us a beer' instead of 'we'll have a beer together'? [migrated]

I heard sometimes to say 'we're going to have us a beer'. Is this correct? Should it be avoided in standard English? Is it only colloquial?
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“I myself Naresh” as an introduction

I have heard so many times that before starting presentation people introduce themselves like this: I myself Naresh and the topic I am going to present is.... Myself Naresh and the topic I am ...
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Why “themselves” and “himself”

In the earliest grades of elementary schools, students learn that "hisself" and "theirselves" are not words. I do not understand why this is. If you wanted to refer to 'his' sock, you would say "his ...
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Do reflexive verbs often evolve into intransitive usage?

With the relatively recent proliferation in the number and variety of genders that our contemporaries willingly proclaim themselves to be or belong to, a new intransitive sense of the verb identify, ...
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Reflexive pronoun

What reflexive pronoun should I use when referring to a city, itself or herself? Lisbon is a city that does not show herself/itself.
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“This includes me” or “This includes myself”? [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct - or are both of these examples grammatical? This includes me, my friend and my brother. This includes myself, my friend and my brother. EDIT NOTE: ...
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Use of “manifest” as an active verb

Recently I completed an English creative writing exam in which I used the phrase files and papers manifest, as if by some unholy magic at the tray on his desk. My teacher stated that my use of ...
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Who do we keep an air of mystery about?

This is a followup to my post on meta.SE. The filler text: Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. sounds odd to my ear. I understand that "them" is being used as a ...
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Is this just a peculiarity of the specific text, or does the disuse of “‑self” to indicate the reflexive here speak to broader trends?

In the 1917 JPS translation of the Hebrew Bible, we have, in Ecclesiastes 2: I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards; I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in ...
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I looked at the mirror and saw: “me” or “myself”? [closed]

Which one is right to use in the following sentence? I looked at the mirror and saw Me / Myself.
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You vs. Yourself?

If a child points at a necklace his classmate is making, and he wonders if the classmate is making it for herself or for someone else, which of the following is more appropriate? "Is this for ...
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Formation of Reflexive Pronouns [duplicate]

In English possessive adjectives and reflexive pronouns are I - My - Myself You - Your - Yourself He - His - Himself * She - Her - Herself * It - Its - Itself * They (sing.) - Their - Themself * We ...
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Avoiding reflexive pronouns

Say, for some reason, it's preferable to avoid pronouns when referring to someone. With most forms of pronouns, it's easy to do so by substituting their name in. Consider: She likes the bread of her ...
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How should I avoid this reflexive pronoun, or is it okay?

I typed a sentence in Microsoft Word as: o Each mobile operating system implements encryption in their own way. It was part of a list of bullet points. I got dinged for their own being ...
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Missing reflexive when there's a preposition

English does distinguish between a regular pronoun and a self referential one in all persons. However, it seems like the reflexive form isn't always needed. She told him good bye and shut the door ...
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What is “herself” or “himself” on IMDB, when you click on filmography of an actress or actor

What is "herself" or "himself" on the IMDB website, when you click on filmography of an actress or actor? Stephen Hawking Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor (TV Movie) Himself (as Professor ...
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Gender neutral reflexive pronoun — equivalent to “himself” and “herself”

How would you refer to a gender neutral subject with a reflexive pronoun? It is unbelievable how a perpetrator will cast oneself in the role of victim. That does not seem right. Is there a ...
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Why is “herself” required in this particular sentence?

Why is a reflexive pronoun, i.e. herself, grammatically required in the following sentence? I gave Susie a picture of herself. Compare with: I gave Susie a picture of her. This ...
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“Themselves” or “Themself” in a singular context? [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: In order to read the remainder of this book, the reader is advised to familiarize themselves with the concepts contained within this Chapter. I want to put: In ...
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has changed and is changed

While I was reading a grammar book I came upon this sentence: '...but it has changed because the pronoun in front of it has changed...'. Why does the author use 'has' rather than 'is'? Note: ...
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including or included?

I'd greatly appreciate if someone could tell me whether both of the following are correct: Ageing concerns all of us, INCLUDING me. [I know this one is correct] Ageing concerns all of us, me ...
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“Is himself in?” What does it mean?

Context - A stranger knocks on your door and asks "Is himself in?" himself, a reflexive pronoun, here seems to be used for a nominative pronoun.
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Uses of Reflexive pronoun [duplicate]

We use reflexive pronoun after some verbs like *avail ourself, acquitted himself, absented themselves * etc and some time we have to avoid from reflexive pronoun after some verbs like break, burst, ...
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Can a sentence begin with an object or reflexive noun?

I'm writing a function (for a game) which converts a sentence with Spivak pronouns into one with pronouns as specified by a user-selected template. For example, the following input sentence: "E ...
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When to use 'ourselves' vs. 'our self'

I wrote when we place our self meaning each one of us, his or her self -- and was told to use "ourselves" instead. Who is right?
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Why is it “take something with you” and not “take something with yourself”? [duplicate]

Why are reflexive pronouns not used in the following examples? The sentences numbered 1 are what people say, but the sentences numbered 2 are what I understand should be be used, as the subjects of ...
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When to use “me” or “myself”?

Which one is correct: Someone like me... or Someone like myself... Is "like myself" ever correct?
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When to use “myself” or “me” [duplicate]

Which is grammatically correct? "Request you to register me for the course" "Request you to register myself for the course"
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“Myself” as a single subject

How do we use myself as the only subject of a sentence? For example I once heard some people saying Myself am to be blamed. Is this grammatically correct? How is it different from I am to be blamed? ...
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“Ourselves” versus “Us”—sentence-specific use? [duplicate]

I'm confused about when to use ourselves and when to use us. I looked at this question, but I'm not sure how to generalize that answer to the sentence I am working with. We need to base our ...
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Use of reflexive pronoun (you or yourself)? [duplicate]

Given the choice in sentences: I appreciate the help from both yourself and Bob. I appreciate the help from both you and Bob. Which is correct? I'm stuck because I can't seem to ...
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What does “themself” mean? [closed]

My English teacher explained about themself and themselves. I don't really quite understand though.
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Is “Now I lay me down to sleep” grammatical?

This is in a song I’ve heard. Is it grammatically correct?
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Another 'me' versus 'myself' usage question

I am quitting a job. I wrote a letter of resignation and have come upon the following sentence: "Moreover, I believe [name of restaurant] will be better suited to have an employee that is different ...
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Come to (regain consciousness) and pull to (shut)

I don't know if it's part of my regional dialect, but around these parts we use the phrase "pull to" to mean 'close the door all the way.' It wasn't until last week that it struck me as odd. Pull the ...
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Is “learning yourself” the same as “learning by yourself”?

(Other than the first also meaning to learn about oneself...) Is learning yourself the same as learning by yourself? How much do these two phrases differ? In India's spoken English, the former is ...
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Ourselves vs us?

I am simply haunted by the fear of my family not having enough money to support ourselves. I am simply haunted by the fear of my family not having enough money to support us. The ...
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Proper usage of “themselves”?

Could anyone please tell me if I used "themselves" properly in this sentences: Such artificial samples can also potentially reduce distortions ... that are due to varying properties of the samples ...
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Themselves or them?

Today, I wanted to write: It's really unfortunate that most people cling to something that is not themselves just to get what they want. Then after writing this, I had this weird feeling that ...
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“Older version of me” vs. “older version of myself”

I wrote: "...," said an older version of me. But a native speaker of English — which I am not — replaced the me with myself. Can someone tell me which one is correct and why?
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Should I use “me” or “myself” here?

I know that many questions on topics similar to this one have been asked before, but I have read many of them and still not able to solve my problem. You could attribute it to my poor command of ...
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You yourself - double pronoun

You have made it up yourself. This is obviously ok. But if the pronoun it should be repalced by a long noun-phrase: You have made up the illusory world in which you move yourself. It would ...
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Which is correct? [duplicate]

Which is correct? Dear Jay, I was contacted by Sue on behalf of herself, John, and you. or Dear Jay, I was contacted by Sue on behalf of herself, John, and yourself.
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“Myself” vs. “by myself”

I get confused with the following. Any explanation would be greatly appreciated. I can't do it myself. I can't do it by myself.
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What is the difference between “self-imposed” and “self-inflicted”?

I'm writing something about Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes From Underground about how we sometimes revel in suffering. I want to then add ... much of which is not only self-inflicted, but also ...
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“We”, “I”, “this author”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Style Question: Use of “we” vs. “I” vs. passive voice in a dissertation Use of “I”, “we” and the passive voice in a scientific thesis For my ...
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“Reflexive only” verbs

English can use a lot of verbs in a reflexive context. Even ones that usually are used intransitively. I laugh myself silly. However, it seems like there are very few – perhaps no – verbs that ...
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Part of speech for non reflexive “oneself”

The words myself, yourself, himself and the like usually function as reflexive pronouns. However, they are also used in context that do not fulfill the common definitions of reflexive. Neither the ...