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Should it be "we animals" or "us animals"? [duplicate]

In the serialization of my book, I have this passage: Brief introductions were made, although when Albert tried to tell them the names of we animals, they waved him off. But now I'm wondering ...
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making video of me answering questions vs making video of myself answering questions [duplicate]

I wonder what the correct use of the following phrase is? I'm making the video of me answering several questions... I thought that this was the only way to say it. However, I came up with an ...
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Discovering their self and discovering themselves

In adolescence, teenagers discover their self. (as in the “self” with a possessive their) OR In adolescence, teenagers discover themselves (reflexive pronoun). I think both are potentially acceptable. ...
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Yourself vs By yourself/On your own

I'm confused with this sentence: Do they give you the topic or can you choose it [...] So my book says the correct answer is "yourself". Is it grammatically incorrect to use "By ...
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Why did the writer use "him", instead of "himself"? [closed]

On a visit one evening to Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife, Herman Melville, MobyDick author, told them a story of a fight he had witnessed on an island in the South Seas, in which one of the ...
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Why "him" not "himself" [closed]

He felt anger rising inside him. I saw this sentence in the OED; the definition indicates that "He" and "him" refer to the same person. Under the circumstances, "himself"...
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Are reflexive pronouns typically used in compound objects?

We can all agree that the reflexive pronoun in this sentence is necessary:I bought drinks for myself. However, I cannot seem to find a definitive answer regarding the following sentence:I bought ...
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Which reflexive or intensive pronoun should I use for an unknown person (himself, herself or itself)?

I want to reffer to a person whose gender I don't know. Should I say a person himself/herself or a person itself? Two examples below: Reflexive: If someone wants to kill somebody else, then do it him/...
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object pronounce "you" or "yourself" preceding primary object [closed]

We would like John and _____ (you/yourself) to come to the party Regarding the above sentence, I've done quite a fair bit of Googling and still haven't found a substantial and satisfactory ...
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Using "himself" in a sentence

In a book, I found this sentence. Though dead for three years, the ghost of this scoundrel threatened greater harm to Sherlock Holmes than Professor Moriarty himself had done. In this sentence, is "...
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Is "Me vs Me" grammatically correct? [closed]

What I want to say is that I compete with myself in short. I was thinking that it could be Me vs Me I vs Me I vs Myself Which one is grammatically correct?
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-sen for -self in English: history and usage

In my class there is a gentleman from the north of England who uses "-sen" instead of "-self" in such words as "himself" ("himsen") and "myself" ("mysen"). As far as I can tell, he always uses "-sen" ...
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Please put it on the rack above yourself

Why do we say Could you please put it on the rack above you? In other words, why is there no reflexive needed here? Can we also say "above yourself”, that is, use a reflexive pronoun?
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"By us" vs "by ourselves" [closed]

You can check our privacy policy for more details on how and why data is collected by our partners and ourselves. or You can check our privacy policy for more details on how and why data is ...
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"Including me" vs "Including myself" [duplicate]

Many of them, including me, have similar thoughts about that. Many Koreans including myself weren't concerned about them at all. I'm studying English and wondering how different they are. Could ...
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Are there verbs that are always reflexive besides "perjure"? [duplicate]

On a recent newscast on CNN, an analyst said, Trump's lawyers want to avoid questions that might challenge his recollection and lead him to perjure himself. Hearing this got me to thinking about ...
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Is the reflexive pronoun in "he showed me myself" correct?

I heard an actor in a TV series say this: He showed me myself (or to myself) Is this slang or correct? (He was shown a letter by his father earlier that day.) If any of this is correct, please ...
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bear oneself out

This is part of a TED talk "How the blockchain will radically transform the economy": The last uncertainty that we often face is one of the most open-ended, and it's reneging. What if you don't ...
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Have...going for one/oneself

There's this expression shown in Oxford: have — going for one Used to indicate how much someone has in their favour or to their advantage. Why did she do it? She had so much going for her In this ...
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How can I rephrase this sentence without "itself"? [closed]

I would like to know an alternative to using "itself" in this sentence, not forgoing the emphasis on today - which was added by including it. "There is nothing that I have, which needs to be ...
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We Indians often say "I finished my homework today itself", which I know is wrong. Which is the correct way to say it?

We use 'itself' to emphasize that the homework was done today, not yesterday. Nor was it delayed till tomorrow. What is the correct way to emphasize the fact that the homework was done today?
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Use of reflexive pronoun in an imperative sentence

I'm writing a letter for an attorney. I need to know which sentence is grammatically correct so he doesn't sound uneducated. Which sentence is more in accord with standard English? Please have ...
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Is there a name for the "impact instead of affect", "myself instead of me" phenomenon? [duplicate]

I'm sure there is much discussion (and lamentation!) on this site about the increasing use of impact as a verb in the place of affect, along with the use of the reflexive pronoun myself when the plain ...
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"...questions that ended up creating a great learning experience for myself/me" [closed]

In the following sentence, should "for" be followed by "me" or "myself"? John began asking questions that ended up creating a great learning experience for myself/me.
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You cannot drink it by itself

Is this usage of by itself grammatical? I know it's OK in the following sentences: Will the dog be safe left in the car by itself? The door seemed to open all by itself. The computer shuts off by ...
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"I knew this would interest you as much as it did me"

Is this the correct way to write this sentence? I thought about saying, "I knew this would interest you as much as it did myself", but wasn't sure if 'me' or 'myself' would be correct.
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All along, all I was running away from was "me" or "myself"? [closed]

All along, all I was running away from was me. All along, all I was running away from was myself. Which is (more) correct? I understand that if the sentence was simply "I was running away from me/...
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"I have no sources to back me up" versus "back myself up"

In Latin, it is preferable to use the reflexive pronoun when appropriate. Is this also true of English? For example, I recently wrote this sentence. "I have no sources to back me up." Would it be ...
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Between youself and I

I understand that myself and related pronouns are reflexive. I do not think the sentence: "As a result of previous correspondence between you and me," sounds correct. I would like to say "As a result ...
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Is "myself" an interjection? [duplicate]

I know that "myself" is a reflexive pronoun and can also be used for emphasis. When writing something to the tune of "I myself would love to go hiking." Wouldn't it be proper to use it as an ...
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music can comfort yourself [closed]

My girlfriend and I (both being not native speakers) are arguing little bit about grammar used in this sentence. "music and painting can comfort yourself and it can reduce your stress" She wonders ...
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different from them vs. different from themselves

"Some people choose friends who are different from themselves, while others choose friends who are similar to themselves." "Some people choose friends who are different from them, while ...
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Word Usage - "Yourself"

Is is correct to use the word yourself as follows in a sentence? Can you please set up a meeting tomorrow with Tom, Shaun, Rupert and yourself?
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When to use I Or Myself as the object of the sentence [closed]

Which is correct? "I made lunch for my wife and I" -or- "I made lunch for my wife and myself" --I hear both of them used.
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Reflexive verbs

This question asks whether some verbs are used only with a reflexive pronouns as their object. The accepted answer lists "absent", "avail", "pride", and "content&...
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Is "myself" okay in this sentence (grammar, style, etc.)?

I read some other questions about "me" vs. "myself". If I understood the answers right, "me" is correct or preferable in most cases. So my question is, is it okay to use "myself" in the following? ...
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"There is a picture of myself on the wall." Can a reflexive pronoun be used without an antecedent like this?

I need an answer for a question that has been bugging me for a while. So, I understand that reflexive pronouns needs to have a subject to refer to, or to be the reflection of. Then lately I've come ...
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Sentences of the form "[A] knew this to be [A]'s weakness"

Consider the following sentence: She knew this to be her weakness. I've encountered a few sentences of this form in various sources, but none had both pronouns referring to the same subject. E.g.,...
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Who washes 'whomself'?

When asking a question using a reflexive pronoun which pronoun should be used? My - and I imagine your - instinct is to use a gender neutral pronoun such as themselves or even more traditionally ...
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Reflexive pronoun use when subject is a subset of the prepositional object

If a pronoun is in object position in a sentence, you don't normally use the reflexive form of the pronoun - Sally bought a ticket for him. unless the subject and object of the sentence are the same ...
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"I feel myself unhappy" vs "I feel unhappy"

I feel myself unhappy. The above sentence strikes me as somewhat peculiar. What is the difference between "I feel myself unhappy" and "I feel unhappy"?
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when to use "myself" and "by myself" [duplicate]

I have 2 questions When to use "myself" and "by myself" Can I write "my{space}self" instead of "myself"?
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"send ... both me and ..." vs "send ... both myself and ..."

Which is correct/preferable in the context of a third party sending file X via email: "please send X to both me and Ann" or "please send X to both myself and Ann" and why? Google returns hundreds of ...
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You or yourself [closed]

I need some help how to write it? Keep the child in you! Or "Keep the child in yourself"? I have checked some samples but I am still not sure.
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Although the rule was made by "him" or "himself" [duplicate]

Although the rule was made by ....., the director rarely enforced it. Should it be "him" or "himself"?
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I wonder whether it should be a just pronoun or a reflexive one

Turkey’s Justice and Development (AK) party won national elections by a surprisingly large margin, taking 317 of 550 seats in parliament and giving it back the majority it lost in previous elections ...
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You or Yourself?

I need some help with you/yourself because I'm sure I misuse it all the time. Here's an example sentence: What is a nice, smart girl like you/yourself hanging around a group of kids like them for? ...
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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: Pleas ...
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