Saturday, April 20, 2013

Reflexive Pronouns



Simple tips borrowed from: www.grammarbook.com


Reflexive pronouns - myself, himself, herself, itself, themselves, ourselves, yourself, yourselves- should be used only when they refer back to another word in the sentence.

Correct:
I worked myself to the bone.

Incorrect:
My brother and myself did it.
The word myself does not refer back to another word.
Correct:
My brother and I did it.

Incorrect:
Please give it to John or myself.
Correct:
Please give it to John or me.



Are there any remaining grammar rules that still confuse you? What? Split Infinitives? I guess you'll need to come back on Monday! :)

8 comments:

  1. A lot of grammar rules confuse me, but I seem to know what's correct anyway, by how it sounds. I just don't know the rule(s) behind it.

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  2. I have always been confused by this one.

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  3. Although I don't misuse them, I did not recall the exact rules for using them. So thanks for the refresher info, it's always good to have it fresh in the mind why I use or don't use certain words certain ways

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  4. I'm appalled by the continuing misuse of "myself" in the blogsphere, and elsewhere.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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  5. Yay! It's a pet peeve of mine when people are afraid to use the word me so they say myself. Great explanation.

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  6. English Pronouns is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the English language.

    Subject and Object Pronouns

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