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    Default reflexive pronouns

    Can we use the reflexive pronouns in the position of objects?
    E.g. I talked to Mary herself. Or They saw me myself.

    I would like to know if my question (above) is correct?
    If the examples are correct, should we use a comma after "Mary" and "me"?

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    Default Re: reflexive pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Can we use the reflexive pronouns in the position of objects?
    E.g. I talked to Mary herself. Or They saw me myself.
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    Yes, I believe that the first one is possible. See this book.

    [...]
    This sort of emphasiser mostly acts as an apposition to the subject (e.g. John himself said that), but it can also be added to nouns having other functions (e.g. I saw John himself, I talked to John himself, The boy in the picture was John himself).
    [...]
    (Thinking English Grammar: To Honour Xavier Dekeyser, Professor Emeritus)

    I believe that the second one is wrong:

    [...]
    This sort of construction is, however, impossible, or at least very rare, when the pronoun functions as an apposition to a pronoun in the objective case, as in ?*I met him himself, ?*I talked to him himself, ?*The boy in the picture was him himself.
    [...]

    (Thinking English Grammar: To Honour Xavier Dekeyser, Professor Emeritus)

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    Default Re: reflexive pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
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    I believe that the second one is wrong:

    [...]
    This sort of construction is, however, impossible, or at least very rare, when the pronoun functions as an apposition to a pronoun in the objective case, as in ?*I met him himself, ?*I talked to him himself, ?*The boy in the picture was him himself.
    [...]

    (Thinking English Grammar: To Honour Xavier Dekeyser, Professor Emeritus)

    I'm not sure how rare 'very rare' is. Someone under the pressure of a word-count might easily change 'him in person' to 'him himself', or might just use it in the first place. (At first I thought this was a Br Eng vs Am Eng thing, but the spelling suggests that it's a Br Eng book.)

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