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    your/yourself

    Dear friends.

    It's been a long time when I asked my questions in here. How do you do?

    My question today is:

    'Make ... a cup of coffe"

    1. Your.

    2. Yourself.

    I think that 'yourself' sounds more natural to me, because 'Make your a cup of coffe' sounds silly. But, what's a real explanation behind it?

    Sincerely yourth,

    Olga Sukrra-Beldgo.

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    Re: your/yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by PINKGREAT View Post
    Dear friends.

    It's been a long time since I asked my questions in here. How do you do?

    My question today is:

    'Make ... a cup of coffe"

    1. Your.

    2. Yourself.

    I think that 'yourself' sounds more natural to me, because 'Make your a cup of coffe' sounds silly. But, what's a real explanation behind it?

    Sincerely yourth,

    Olga Sukrra-Beldgo.
    Yes, "yourself" is correct. The explanation is that there is an implied "You" at the beginning of the sentence.
    '(You) make yourself a cup of coffee.'
    So the reflexive pronoun "yourself" refers back to the implied 'you' and is correct and sounds natural too.
    One would not use "your"; one might wonder about using 'you', but that would be incorrect also.
    Last edited by 2006; 21-Oct-2008 at 05:04. Reason: correct punctuation

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    Re: your/yourself

    'your' is a possessive pronoun, governing the noun that comes directly after it, as in 'your car' or 'your green shirt'.

    So, 'your a cup of coffee' when spoken, would be heard as ''you're (you are) a cup of coffee'! and 'Make your a cup of coffee', then, would make even less sense to the person hearing these words!!

    2006 has explained about 'yourself'

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    Re: your/yourself

    The interesting dilemma here is why we need to say "Make yourself a cup of coffee" but we do NOT need to say "Make himself a cup of coffee," nor may we say, "Make your a cup of coffee."

    What am I missing here in the Rule Book that explains this one? Explain it to myself please.

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    Re: your/yourself

    'He made himself a cup of coffee' - reflexive
    but
    'I made him a cup of coffee' = 'I made a cup of coffee for him'
    with the preposition taking the objective case 'him'. Compare
    "I made myself a cup of coffee" - reflexive.

    "Make your a cup of coffee", I've mentioned above.

    Even when preceded by a preposition, we use the 'yourself' form when it is reflexive, as in
    "See for yourself" = "You can see for yourself if you care to look."
    Last edited by David L.; 21-Oct-2008 at 06:25.

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    Re: your/yourself

    Is it the same:

    1) You can make a cup of coffee for yourself = You can make yourself a cup of coffee

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    Re: your/yourself

    It is exactly the same.

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    Re: your/yourself

    Let's take a look at all of them:

    I made myself a cup of coffee. I made a cup of coffee for myself.
    I made you a cup of coffee. I made a cup of coffee for you.
    I made him a cup of coffee. I made a cup of coffee for him.

    You made me a cup of coffee. You made a cup of coffee for me.
    You made yourself a cup of coffee. You made a cup of coffee for yourself.
    You made him a cup of coffee. You made a cup of coffee for him.

    He made me a cup of coffee. He made a cup of coffee for me.
    He made you a cup of coffee. He made a cup of coffee for you.
    He made himself a cup of coffee. He made a cup of coffee for himself.

    Okay?

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    Re: your/yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    'your' is a possessive pronoun, governing the noun that comes directly after it, as in 'your car' or 'your green shirt'.

    So, 'your a cup of coffee' when spoken, would be heard as ''you're (you are) a cup of coffee'! and 'Make your a cup of coffee', then, would make even less sense to the person hearing these words!!

    2006 has explained about 'yourself'
    What nonsense. That's not even close to the explanation, which 2006 has correctly given.

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    Re: your/yourself

    Raymott:What nonsense. That's not even close to the explanation, which 2006 has correctly given.

    Which meant, I didn't have to mop up after him - just add a little extra perspective. How refreshing!

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