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    Youself

    X: Hi. How are you doing?
    Y: Well. Yourself?

    Is it correct to say "yourself" instead of "you" in the sentence above?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Youself

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    X: Hi. How are you doing?
    Y: Well. Yourself?

    Is it correct to say "yourself" instead of "you" in the sentence above?

    Thanks.
    Yes, it is.

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    Re: Youself

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Y: Well. Yourself?

    Is it correct to say "yourself" instead of "you" in the sentence above?

    Thanks.
    I don't think 'yourself' is correct there. There is no basis for replying to X with a reflexive pronoun. The "you" in X's question refers to Y.


    X: Hi. How are you doing?
    Y: Well, and you?

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    Re: Youself

    I find it interesting that such a (seemingly) simple question would produce divergent replies from English teachers.

    Perpaps "yourself" functions as an intensifier in my sentence, and is thus correct?

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    It is a god example of the dangers of regarding one answer as the "correct" one. Either form can and is used in speech.

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    Re: Youself

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I find it interesting that such a (seemingly) simple question would produce divergent replies from English teachers.

    Perpaps "yourself" functions as an intensifier in my sentence, and is thus correct?

    Thanks.
    Why would "yourself" be an "intensifier"? Bcause it has more letters? And
    related to that, people justify many questionable things by saying things like 'It adds emphasis.'


    Anyway, everyone is free to defend their answers to questions here.


    There are rules and conventions for many things in the English language, including for the use of subject, object and reflexive pronouns. What I did was point out that there was no good reason to use a reflexive pronoun there.

    You are right; it is a simple question. And it's up to people who give answers outside the accepted rules of English to say why their answer is correct.

    Posters sometimes have to choose between and among conflicting answers.


    Finally, while there can be differences between written and spoken English, some students may transfer the errors of spoken English to their written English, thinking that that English is in fact correct. Of course, many people beside the original poster read the responses to questions.

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    It is very commonly used in Irish English to my certain knowledge, and also in certain regional dialects in England. I believe that it is used in Scottish English, but I am not certain of that. Is that correct enough for you?


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    Re: Youself

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    X: Hi. How are you doing?
    Y: Well. Yourself?

    Is it correct to say "yourself" instead of "you" in the sentence above?

    Thanks.
    Jasmin,

    Uses of reflexive pronouns in certain situations for purposes other than what they are prescribed for are felt tolerable (informally) for many users of the English language. The 'many' and those who do not belong to that 'many' have met in this thread. I for one belong to the latter group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It is very commonly used in Irish English to my certain knowledge, and also in certain regional dialects in England. I believe that it is used in Scottish English, but I am not certain of that. Is that correct enough for you?
    The fact that it's used does not make it correct; I was expecting a grammatical explanation as to why it would be correct.


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    Re: Youself

    You post an interesting question. Although "yourself" is commonly used in this context, I would suggest that "you" (or "and you") is more correct because if you rewrite the exchange in full sentences, it would be:

    X: Hi. How are you doing?
    Y: I'm well. How are you?

    It would be incorrect to respond with "How are yourself?"

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