Questions about reflexive verbs and pronouns

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You can contact John, Jane or me (myself) for more information [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it correct to use “yourself” and “myself” (versus “you” and “me”)? In a conversation, how is is correct to say: ...
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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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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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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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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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Reflexive love: where does “love me some …” come from?

It seems trendy to use a reflexive-like construction with love or hate plus some, like this: You know I love me some cheese! I hate me some cold and the temperature is dropping. Where did this ...
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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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“People like you” versus “people like yourself”?

In the latest South Park episode, I noticed a line: We have so many abandoned babies and not enough people like yourself who care. Which kinda struck me, because I'd expect it to be people ...
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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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“A sensible person like you” vs. “a sensible person like yourself”

What is the difference between you and yourself in the following context? My dear Professor, surely a sensible person like yourself can call him by his name. My dear Professor, surely a ...
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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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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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“I am I”, “I am myself”, or “I am me”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it correct to use “yourself” and “myself” (versus “you” and “me”)? According to Google Ngram, "I am myself" is more common that "I am I", but which is correct? ...
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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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Is it correct to say “I myself”?

I thought it was incorrect to say I myself as in: I myself don’t like this idea. However, last night I was watching the second Harry Potter movie, and one of the characters said: In case you ...
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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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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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“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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'Him or herself' v. 'himself or herself'?

I was reading this article on the New York Times. This sentence caused me some confusion: But what I’m teaching are topics such as 5th-century Indian theories of logical inference, or the ...
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Why himself and themselves, not hisself and theirselves? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why “themselves” and “himself” I = myself   you = yourself  he = himself   she = herself  it = itself   we = ourselves  you = yourselves  they = ...
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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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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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Wrong usage of “myself ”, or just putting emphasis on “me”?

I was writing the following sentence, and I realized it somehow sounds odd: I am constantly trying to remind myself to think carefully before speaking, but those moments I forget to do so end up ...
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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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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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“X is me” or “X is myself”

Which is correct? The English Stack Exchange user with the ID of 5481 is me. The English Stack Exchange user with the ID of 5481 is myself.
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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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“Ann's friends and herself” — is this correct?

Is the sentence: Ann's friends and herself were really nice to us. grammatically correct?
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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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“Neither Billy nor Suzy look” vs. “neither Billy nor Suzy looks” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Neither is” or “neither are” Say you take a photo of Billy and Suzy, but they both end up looking funny. Would you say Neither Billy nor ...
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“Implicate” vs. “incriminate”

I am exploring possible differences in the meanings of 'implicate/incriminate' from using different direct objects. Assume the context is police interrogation: He implicated/incriminated his ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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“I draw myself” vs. “I draw me”

"How can I draw myself using a mirror?" — I came across this question and couldn't help but wonder if it should be "draw me". Draw here is to mean "make a picture". What do you think?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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“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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'a trip for my wife and self'

Can one use 'self' as substitute for 'myself' in 'a trip for my wife and self'? I have noticed that using 'myself' there raises other grammatical issues strictly related with the so_called "Toff's ...
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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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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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“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? ...