It bothers me to here people on the radio using "myself" when I think they should be using "me."
What is the correct usage of "myself instead of "me"?
The reflexive "myself" is only grammatical when the pronoun or person it corefers to is in the same clause that the reflexive is in. For example, "John washed himself." is perfectly grammatical, because "John" and "himself" are in the same clause. *"John chose this shower when the other one wouldn't clean himself." is horrifingly bad, because the coreferant of John is in the complementizer phrase "when the other one wouldn't clean himself." Additionally, whatever the "-self" is referring to has to actually reflect the features found in the person or pronoun. "John washed himself" is fine, but *"John washed herself." is bad because it corefers to John, but John doesn't have the grammatical gender for feminine while "herself" does, so it crashes horribly. Likewise, you wouldn't say *"He hurts myself.", because "myself" corefers to 'he" when the features for "myself" don't match the feature structure for "he". So basically, use your intuition. If it sounds right, it probably is. I hope that helped a little bit.
|link||answered Feb 02 '12 at 19:39 Anna New member|
I frequently hear phrases such as - "this was written by myself" or "this was written by Shelia and myself". This seems to be the wrong use of "myself" that I hear the most. Is that you are hearing Cynthia? Which wasn't covered by either of the other answers.
|link comment||answered Feb 04 '12 at 18:03 Mercedes Lenort New member|
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