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    Default reflexive pronouns

    The students are appreciative of all opportunities to meet and interact with succesful role models, such as yourself.

    Is this right or should it be...

    The students are appreciative of all opportunities to meet and interact with succesful role models, such as you.

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    I see no need for a refelxive pronoun. I wouldn't call it wrong, though many would, as it is very common. However, it's not great style and I'd avoid it. Reflexive pronouns should only be used when necessary- for clarification (I hurt myself- to distinguish from I hurt him) or emphasis (I did it myself- nobody helped me).

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    Some people seem to think yourself is more polite than you. Other than that I can't see why it is used in such a case.

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    It's a case of over-correction IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's a case of over-correction IMO.
    I agree 100%.

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