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    JarekSteliga is offline Member
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    possessive pronoun + self/selves = reflexive pronoun (a misleading equation!)

    1. I myself (possessive pronoun + self)
    2. You yourself (possessive pronoun + self)
    3. He himself (not possessive pronoun + self)
    4. She herself (possessive pronoun + self)
    5. It itself (possessive pronoun + self)

    6. We ourselves (possessive pronoun + selves)
    7. You yourselves (possessive pronoun + selves)
    8. They themselves (not possesive pronoun + selves)

    Whence this irregularity?

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    Re: possessive pronoun + self/selves = reflexive pronoun (a misleading equation!)

    What an interesting question!
    Although I don't think that's so simple…
    Myself used to be meself actually.
    Most forms had the dative (as in himself), there was also a difference between her (dative) and her (genitive), and the first one was gradually changed into the second one. The same thing happend with meself > myself.

    This might not be 100% accurate so I'd suggest checking it in a trustworthy etimological dictionary.

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