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  1. Ferdie11's Avatar
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    #1

    myself of me

    Hi,

    I have got confused with the sentences below. Can you tell me which one is more common or correct.

    They're both more famous than myself.
    They're both more famous than me.

    Thanks a lot.

    Please tell me if there are any grammatical errors in my post.

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    #2

    Re: myself of me

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    I have got confused with the sentences below. Can you tell me which one is more common or correct.

    They're both more famous than myself.
    They're both more famous than me.

    Thanks a lot.

    Please tell me if there are any grammatical errors in my post.
    I think the usage of reflexive pronoun "myself" in the first sentence is incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: myself of me

    I can't see anything wrong with them.


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    #4

    Re: myself of me

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    I think the usage of reflexive pronoun "myself" in the first sentence is incorrect.
    The first sentence is indeed wrong: "myself, " as a reflexive pronoun, has got to refer to the same entity as another (pro)noun phrase in the clause that it occurs in.
    <the dog hurt itself> "dog" and "itself" are co-referential
    <they amused themselves with cards> "they" and "themselves" are co-referential
    <I disgraced myself> "I" and "myself" are co-referential
    All three of the careted sentences are good English; your first sentence is, as you point out, not.

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    #5

    Re: myself of me

    Quote Originally Posted by gabber View Post
    All three of the careted sentences are good English; your first sentence is, as you point out, not.
    With all respect (of course), but... If you are right, then I must say I know very little about English, or, at least, that I have heard and read lots of wrong sentences.

    Or both.
    Last edited by Offroad; 11-Sep-2009 at 02:01.

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    #6

    Re: myself of me

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    With all respect (of course), but... If you are right, then I must say I know very little about English, or, at least, that I have heard and read lots of wrong sentences.

    Or both.
    I agree with gabber.
    And reflexive pronouns are often inappropriately used, even by native speakers.

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