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    Use of you and yourself in a formal letter

    I am addressing a letter to a client and I want to reference something that effects her and a co worker. Would my correct language be You and Mr. Brown have not ..../ Mr Brown and you have not / Mr. Brown and yourself have not?

    Is yourself generally used instead at the end of a sentence. This change does not effect Mr. Brown and yourself.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance.
    Last edited by Sheila Dott; 02-May-2012 at 14:32. Reason: spelling error

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    Re: Use of you and yourself in a formal letter

    You and Mr. Brown have not ..../ Mr Brown and you have not...
    Either of these is fine.

    / Mr. Brown and yourself have not.
    This is not.

    Is yourself generally used instead at the end of a sentence. This change does not effect Mr. Brown and yourself.
    This is not acceptable.[/QUOTE]

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    Re: Use of you and yourself in a formal letter

    Welcome to the forums.

    It might also be worth mentioning that using "myself" when the proper word is "me" does not make something "more formal." It just makes it incorrect. I continue to be amazed by how many poeple use "myself" because somehow they think that "me" is just too casual.

    When the right word is "you" the right word is "you." When the right word is "me" the right word is "me." Those -self words seem to creep in when people want to sound formal. Don't let htis happen.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Use of you and yourself in a formal letter

    "Neither you nor Mr Brown have..." is also possible.

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    Re: Use of you and yourself in a formal letter

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Neither you nor Mr Brown have..." is also possible.
    "Neither you nor Mr Brown has..." is also possible.

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    Smile Re: Use of you and yourself in a formal letter

    Thank you all for your helpful comments -- I'll keep this board in mind when I run into difficulties. It's been over 30 years since high school and sometimes -- I just don't remember.

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