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Should I use us or ourselves in this sentence?

  1. We have worked as a group on plant-hummingbird interactions and most literature in this specific field comes from our close collaborators and us.

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  1. We have worked as a group on plant-hummingbird interactions and most literature in this specific field comes from our close collaborators and ourselves.

I saw answers for that in other sentences-cases, but I still don't know the right answer in this case.

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    "Tom and I worked this out by ourselves." If the subject of a clause is in the first person plural, then you should use the accusative "ourselves" as a pronoun for the subject in the rest of the clause. In your example, however, you have two independent clauses, which could easily be put into completely separate sentences and should be separated by a comma. Ourselves" is in the second clause and refers way back to the subject of the first clause. I strongly prefer "us" in that case, but I am not aware of a rule that prohibits "ourselves." – Jeff Morrow Nov 11 '17 at 21:02
  • Though not ungrammatical, 'us' sounds rather a poor relative to 'our close collaborators', and I'd choose 'ourselves' here. // The sentence is unclear as it stands; does 'we' include 'our close collaborators' or just 'us'? – Edwin Ashworth Nov 12 '17 at 0:22
  • I'd say ". . . comes from us and our close collaborators." Alternatively, say ". . . comes from our group and our close collaborators." (Some people disagree with putting "yourself" first, but it seems to make things much easier to understand here.) – Xanne Nov 12 '17 at 2:47
  • I agree with @JeffMorrow's conclusion that "us" is preferable in this example, but I disagree with the general principle that he states about using "ourselves" as the accusative pronoun for the rest of the clause. I would certainly say "We invite you to have dinner with us," not "We invite you to have dinner with ourselves." The use of "ourselves" seems to be required just when the accusative pronoun is the object of the same verb that "we" is the subject of. – Andreas Blass Nov 12 '17 at 3:59
  • Whenever you have a doubt like that in an English sentence, drop the extra people who can't really matter; here, our close collaborators. Do you think comes from ourselves works, or should it be comes from us? – Robbie Goodwin Nov 14 '17 at 22:58

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