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  1. roseriver1012's Avatar
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    #1

    Question for me or for myself?

    Hello! Forgive me for asking such an simple question.

    "I generally find that what I do is effective for me/myself."

    Me or myself? Which one is right? Or both? Thanks for help!

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    #2

    Re: for me or for myself?

    It's not as simple as you think.

    I'd use 'me'. You'll hear 'myself' a lot in this context but I don't see a compelling reason to use the reflexive pronoun.

  2. Raymott's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: for me or for myself?

    It could depend on the emphasis.
    "I generally find that what I do is effective for me."
    "I generally find that what I do is effective for myself, if not always for others."

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    #4

    Re: for me or for myself?

    Many speakers seem to believe that myself is a posh alternative to me or I, so you will hear it used where you'd expect a different pronoun. I wouldn't copy this- use myself when it is really necessary.

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