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    Allen165 is offline Key Member
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    Myself

    "Take comfort in the fact that I'm not overly coveted on the job market myself."

    Is it correct to put "myself" at the end of the sentence, or does it have to come right after "I"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Myself

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "Take comfort in the fact that I'm not overly coveted on the job market myself."

    Is it correct to put "myself" at the end of the sentence, or does it have to come right after "I"?

    Thanks.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon, Jasmin.

    (1) Raymond Murphy's Grammar In Use gives this example:

    I don't think Tom will get the job.

    Tom HIMSELF doesn't think he'll get the job.

    OR

    Tom doesn't think he'll get the job HIMSELF.

    *****

    Wilma and David Ebbitt's Index to English gives this example:

    When they serve as intensives, the reflexive forms are construed as pronouns in apposition:

    The owner HIMSELF sold the car.

    OR

    The owner sold the car HIMSELF.

    *****

    Bruce L. Liles's A Basic Grammar of Modern English gives this example:

    William HIMSELF opened the safe.

    OR William opened the safe HIMSELF.

    *****

    It seems that "myself" in your sentence could take either position.

    BUT !!!!!!!!!!

    Mesdames Celce-Murcia and Larsen-Freeman's The Grammar Book says:

    Only reflexives that directly follow the noun they are modifying can TRULY

    (my emphasis) be considered emphatic uses of the reflexive pronouns.

    Why do they say that? Here are their examples:

    The owner HIMSELF built the house. = He took deliberate action to have the house built.

    The owner built the house HIMSELF. = He did all the work alone. That is. the owner built the house by himself.

    *****

    Our conclusions?

    (1) Most native speakers would probably use either position.

    (2) In your sentence, there can be no confusion. "Myself" is intensive. It

    could not possibly be interpreted as she did something BY herself.

    (3) If you always want to be 100% "safe," follow the two ladies' advice:

    Take comfort in the fact that I MYSELF am not overly coveted on the job market.

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: Myself

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good afternoon, Jasmin.

    (1) Raymond Murphy's Grammar In Use gives this example:

    I don't think Tom will get the job.

    Tom HIMSELF doesn't think he'll get the job.

    OR

    Tom doesn't think he'll get the job HIMSELF.

    *****

    Wilma and David Ebbitt's Index to English gives this example:

    When they serve as intensives, the reflexive forms are construed as pronouns in apposition:

    The owner HIMSELF sold the car.

    OR

    The owner sold the car HIMSELF.

    *****

    Bruce L. Liles's A Basic Grammar of Modern English gives this example:

    William HIMSELF opened the safe.

    OR William opened the safe HIMSELF.

    *****

    It seems that "myself" in your sentence could take either position.

    BUT !!!!!!!!!!

    Mesdames Celce-Murcia and Larsen-Freeman's The Grammar Book says:

    Only reflexives that directly follow the noun they are modifying can TRULY

    (my emphasis) be considered emphatic uses of the reflexive pronouns.

    Why do they say that? Here are their examples:

    The owner HIMSELF built the house. = He took deliberate action to have the house built.

    The owner built the house HIMSELF. = He did all the work alone. That is. the owner built the house by himself.

    *****

    Our conclusions?

    (1) Most native speakers would probably use either position.

    (2) In your sentence, there can be no confusion. "Myself" is intensive. It

    could not possibly be interpreted as she did something BY herself.

    (3) If you always want to be 100% "safe," follow the two ladies' advice:

    Take comfort in the fact that I MYSELF am not overly coveted on the job market.

    Have a nice day!
    Wow! Thanks for taking the time to write that!

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    Re: Myself

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Wow! Thanks for taking the time to write that!
    You got lucky! The Parser replied!

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    Re: Myself

    I really hope TheParser was a teacher once.
    If not, it's a pity

    By the way, one more post and he has 1000 useful and nice posts

    Cheers!

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    Re: Myself

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I really hope TheParser was a teacher once.
    If not, it's a pity

    By the way, one more post and he has 1000 useful and nice posts

    Cheers!
    Waiting with anticipation. Anyone got the candles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I really hope TheParser was a teacher once.
    If not, it's a pity
    I can only echo your words.


    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    By the way, one more post and he has 1000 useful and nice posts
    ...for which we are all thankful.



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