OURSELF/OURSELVES, US, THEIRSELF/THEMSELVES?
There are times when I do not know which word (ourself/ourselves, us, theirself/theirselves/themselves/themself) to use.
It depends on the context, but I'm still not quite sure I am using the words correctly.
There was a time when you couldn't say "yourself": "you" was plural only. Then it changed. At some point it changed for "they" as well, to convey an alternative meaning of "neuter animate" or "he or she". Then in England in the (18th?) century a great "Style Council" was called to set standards for writing official documents, and one of its many decisions was: "they" shall be plural only. Ordinary people largely ignored that then, and many still do, because it's not a law, it's a matter of style.
|link comment||answered Mar 07 at 00:03 John Armstrong New member|
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