Which is correct, "such as myself" or "such as me"?

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    It entirely depends on what you are saying. Many contexts would allow for either, but if you can give us an example of a sentence we can comment more precisely.
    – WS2
    Nov 11, 2013 at 22:13

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Either. Such as myself is perhaps more emphatic.

There are people who insist on such as I (on the specious justification that the phrase represents such as I am). Hardly anybody says this, but it is always acceptable in formal contexts.


"Myself" is a Reflexive pronoun, so it should be used as a Direct or Indirect Object. The wording of "Such as myself" specifies a non-reflexive pronoun, so we can narrow it down to "Such as I" or "Such as me."

"Such as I/me" is an abbreviation for 'Such a person as I am." So, in order to choose between Such as I and Such as me, we should change it to the long version to check.

"Such a person as me am." That doesn't work at all. "Such a person as I am." That does work. Therefore, you shouldn't use either of those, but instead use "Such as I."

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    Nonsense. This argument was always false: there is no reason whatever to regard such as me as an abbreviation for anything, since as is a perfectly good preposition. The most you can say is that there are some people who will insist on such as I.
    – Colin Fine
    Nov 11, 2013 at 22:32
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    I'm sorry, I should have worded that as, "if you regard Such as I as an abbreviation." This is because the origin of Such as I is Such a person as I am. Even if it weren't (but I believe it is) Such a person as I am is still a valid replacement for Such as I, just a bit longer. This is why I made that argument. Nov 11, 2013 at 22:41
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    Yes, but the question was about such as me and such as myself, which are a different construction. Most of your answer is irrelevant to the question, and ends up with a bald statement which is wrong.
    – Colin Fine
    Nov 11, 2013 at 22:43
  • I see. I concede. I'll do some more research on this and possibly get back to you. Nov 11, 2013 at 22:46

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