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    Default Donít hit yourself!

    hello,

    Donít hit yourself!

    Where is the antecedent for yourself? Is this a counter-example to
    a rule? Why is this rule an exception? It is easy to add a stipulation to the
    rule; but weíd rather have an explanatory rule. What is special about this sentence?

    thank you

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    Default Re: Donít hit yourself!

    Quote Originally Posted by move5000 View Post
    hello,

    Donít hit yourself!

    Where is the antecedent for yourself? Is this a counter-example to
    a rule? Why is this rule an exception? It is easy to add a stipulation to the
    rule; but weíd rather have an explanatory rule. What is special about this sentence?

    thank you
    What do you think is special about it?

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    Default Re: Donít hit yourself!

    In imperatives (commands) the subject is understood to be "you."

    The yourself is reflexive on the unspoken but understood subject.

    In your language, when using an imperative, do you use the word "you"? As in, "Please, you, sit down"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Donít hit yourself!

    hi, thank u for your answers

    does the sentence violate the rule :An anaphora must agree in person, gender, and number with its antecedent?

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    Default Re: Donít hit yourself!

    Quote Originally Posted by move5000 View Post
    hHi,
    tThank you for your answers.

    dDoes the sentence violate the rule :An anaphora must agree in person, gender, and number with its antecedent?
    What rule?

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    Default Re: Donít hit yourself!

    I had to look up anaphora. That's not what we have here.

    Can you explain further the source of your confusion?

    Yourself agrees with the unstated subject, you, as I said above. It agrees in number and person. "You" has no gender.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I had to look up anaphora.
    Glad I wasn't the only one.
    Last edited by 5jj; 07-Mar-2011 at 23:37. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Glad I was not the only one.
    good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I had to look up anaphora.
    I'm guessing it's some sort of grammar term.


    P.S. After reading the Wikipedia article (some of it anyway), I have noted that it is a linguistics term.
    Last edited by RonBee; 07-Mar-2011 at 23:11. Reason: add something

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