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    excuse myself I will call you later

    I think this expression must be wrong

    " Excuse myself I will call you back later"

    Am I wrong?

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    Re: excuse myself I will call you later

    Quote Originally Posted by appleman View Post
    I think this expression must be wrong

    " Excuse myself I will call you back later"

    Am I wrong?

    Yes, it's : Excuse me, I will call you back later.
    Last edited by EhabIsaac; 02-Jun-2010 at 13:22. Reason: forgot to put the other l of call lol....

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    Re: excuse myself I will call you later

    There was a time, quite recently, when prescriptive grammarians got very snooty about 'me' and 'I'. This had two results:
    • A rash of hypercorrections (=getting it wrong by trying too hard to get it right), such as 'a girl like I'
    • The slightly cleverer, but equally objectionable, substitution of 'myself' for either. Low-ranking workers in shops often do this, but in the second person (where it makes no difference, as 'you' doesn't decline - so there's nothing to get wrong): 'If you leave your number, we'll contact yourself when it's back in stock'. (I remember an estate agent saying to me 'It's a matter of what appeals to yourself'. [It didn't ])


    This isn't right, but it happens.

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