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    with / behind / after you / yourself - confusion

    Hello everybody!

    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.

    Thank you.

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    Re: with / behind / after you / yourself - confusion

    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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