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    copy from another's work

    A Taiwanese teacher of English suspected one of his students copied from another's work and wrote down a question on the student's composition. "Was this composition really written by yourself?"
    I think the question is not acceptable. But I don't know how to correct it.
    Can any native speaker of English help me correct it please?

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    #2

    Re: copy from another's work

    ...written by you?

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    Re: copy from another's work

    People often use reflexives as object pronouns (it seems to me often to be a defensive trick used to gloss over uncertainty about subjects and objects): 'Myself and Peter went down the road'' as a 'safe' version to use when your teacher keeps correcting your use of I or me - never mind that it sounds terrible...!

    But here it's just an an elided form of "Was this composition really written by [you] yourself?" A common format, used by teachers, is 'Is this really you're own work?' But you could use more of the original by just by using the active voice: 'Did you really do this composition {[by] yourself}|{on your own}?'

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    Re: copy from another's work

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But here it's just an an elided form of "Was this composition really written by [you] yourself?"

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    "Was this composition really written by yourself?"
    Do you mean the above sentence is acceptable?

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    Re: copy from another's work

    Not really; the short answer is the one that beat my post to it! But it's commonly used conversationally.

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