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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No, it's not grammatically correct, which is how it's different from I am to be blamed., which is. You might use it if you heard that the news media were going to publish a story blaming you. But it you wanted to state something was your fault, you wouldn't say that, you'd say blame me or it's my fault.

I myself am to be blamed is grammatically correct too, and means the same as I am to be blamed (by the media etc.) but adds emphasis that you are to be blamed rather than someone else perhaps more deserving of blame.

Myself, I prefer driving to cycling is also grammatically correct, and again, the addition of myself adds a certain emphasis: rather than a detatched fact about your preference, it suggests comparison, in response to another person's preference just mentioned.

  • The latter example might be considered a short form of "speaking for myself", which (as you say) emphasizes that this is a statement of opinion.
    – keshlam
    Aug 2, 2014 at 20:53
  • It's not customary, certainly, but I hesitate to say that it is not grammatical.
    – Colin Fine
    Aug 2, 2014 at 21:20
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    I'll say it's not grammatical. Google hits for "Myself am to be blamed" -"I myself am to be blamed" total one. OP. Aug 2, 2014 at 22:51

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