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I am terribly confused about what to use in the following sentences:
This is a self-service office, you should all wash up after you / yourselves.
I am sick and tired of constantly tidying up after you, so you had better get accustomed to tidying up after you / yourself.
Please close the door after you/yourself.
Please bring a tin of salmon with you/yourself.
The bolded versions are probably right.
I still don't know when to use a personal pronoun and when a reflexive pronoun.
As a general rule, a reflexive pronoun should not be used unless the person/pronoun has been mentioned before.
In your first two examples, "you" had already been used.
In your second two examples, "you" had not already been used.
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