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    If I got me

    From an ABBA song:

    I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
    Ain't it sad
    And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
    That's too bad
    In my dreams I have a plan
    If I got me a wealthy man
    I wouldn't have to work at all, I'd fool around and have a ball...


    Is the text in bold grammatically correct?

    I'd say no, but then again, I' not sure.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: If I got me

    No, but don't use songs for examples of excellent grammar.

    "If I got myself" would be the more correct version. Or even "If I were able to find a wealthy man to marry" -- but that doesn't fit the song very well, does it?


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    Re: If I got me

    I got me a man.
    I got myself a man.

    I = agent, the doer
    got = verb that expresses the action

    the indirect object of the verb is the receiver of the action, and it agrees with the agent, so a reflexive singular first person pronoun (myself) is required.

    QED.

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    #4

    Re: If I got me

    I don't know the song, but it seems to me that the transcription could well be wrong - though the vowels and stress wouldn't be: 'If I got to be a wealthy man...'

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    Re: If I got me

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I don't know the song, but it seems to me that the transcription could well be wrong - though the vowels and stress wouldn't be: 'If I got to be a wealthy man...'

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    Hi Bob,

    Lyrics: ABBA LYRICS - Money Money Money

    Video: YouTube - Abba - Money, Money, Money

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    Re: If I got me

    Quote Originally Posted by stefan_kar View Post
    OK. It's a woman singing. She's talking about getting rich by "getting" [for herself] a wealthy man.

    This sort of pronoun has some fancy name involving the word "benefit" - compare 'I'm gonna get me a gun' (another song, by the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens .

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