- 2 Post By 5jj
- 2 Post By Raymott
I learned at school that if the subject and the object refer to the same person, a reflexive
pronoun has to be used in English but sentence 1, 3 and 4 sound funny. Why?
1. When I saw all the presents for me/myself, I was happy.
2. I do not like pictures of myself.
3. I cannot understand the fuss about me/myself.
4. I am not going to ask my boss for the promotion of me/myself. He will have to offer me.
Greetings from Bavaria
Re: Refexive pronoun
When the subject and the direct or indirect object refer to the same person, a reflexive pronoun is appropriate. After a preposition, we use a reflexive pronoun only if there is some clear relationship between the subject and the prepositional object.
With my new mobile, I can take pictures of myself.
I saw him looking at a photo of me.
I like looking at photos of me (/myself).
I cannot understand the fuss (that others make) about me.
I am not going to ask my boss for (his) promotion of me.
(That last sentence would probably be produced as: I am not going to ask my boss to promote me.)
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Re: Refexive pronoun
I've amended your rule.
Originally Posted by Joern Matthias
1. When I saw myself, I was happy. (Direct object)
2. I do not like myself. (Direct object)
3. I cannot understand myself. (Direct object)
4. I am not going to ask myself ...." (Direct object)
5. I gave a present to myself" (Indirect object)
Last edited by Raymott; 01-Dec-2011 at 10:40.
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