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Monday, June 20, 2011

Me, Myself, and I — When do you use which?

Myself and all the other self-words are called "reflexive pronouns"; they reflect, echo, bounce back to the nouns or pronouns they mirror. June kicked herself; Jacques found himself crying; they gave themselves chocolate. Careful not to use the self-word when an ordinary pronouns does a better job: No: She glared at him and myself; Yes: She glared at him and me. No: Elvis and myself took the motorcycle; Yes: Elvis and I took the motorcycle.


anonymous said...

I thought you eschewed rules. Now you're saying what's wrong and right?

The Grammar Anarchist said...

Did anyone say you you had to listen to me? I'm just another grammar commenter. Take it or leave it!