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    correct my sentence please.

    I lost my pen, I think someone took it with himself/herself accidentally.
    Is this sentence correct? is it necessary to use himself/herself. IF I don't know the gender of person whom took my pen what should i use instead of himself/herself.
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    #2

    Re: correct my sentence please.

    Quote Originally Posted by backspace2062 View Post
    I lost my pen, I think someone took it with himself/herself accidentally.
    Is this sentence correct? is it necessary to use himself/herself. IF I don't know the gender of person whom took my pen what should i use instead of himself/herself.
    Thanks.
    No, it is not correct. In general, one can only use a reflexive pronoun (himself, herself) if the person had been mentioned earlier.

    She did it herself. OK
    He took it himself. OK
    Otherwise use the normal objective pronoun: I lost my pen, I think someone took it with him/her accidentally.

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    Re: correct my sentence please.

    Quote Originally Posted by backspace2062 View Post
    Is this sentence correct? is it necessary to use himself/herself. No. IF I don't know the gender of person whom took my pen what should i use instead of himself/herself.
    You could also write, 'I think someone took it accidentally'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: correct my sentence please.

    Quote Originally Posted by backspace2062 View Post
    I lost my pen. I think someone took it with himself/herself accidentally.
    Is this sentence correct? is it necessary to use himself/herself. IF I don't know the gender of person whom took my pen what should i use instead of himself/herself.
    Thanks.
    Note that no one would ever say "with him/her". I'm assuming you're talking about speech.
    If "I think someone took it accidentally" is not enough, you can say, "I think someone accidentally took it with them".
    If you are writing this for some reason, you might write, "I think someone must have accidentally taken it [with them]."

    Also, note that you have a comma splice. You can't join two sentences with a comma in English.

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