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    #1

    Her and himself

    "Mike's girlfriend didn't take out money and kept pressurising him to buy cigerrates for her and himself(means mike)".

    "Should I be using him instead of himself?"

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    Re: Her and himself

    Say "for both of them."
    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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    #3

    Re: Her and himself

    Also, note the correct spelling of "cigarettes".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Her and himself

    I know I can use "both of them" but I want to know what to use there instead of both of them. Is it "him" or "himself"?

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    #5

    Re: Her and himself

    It's far less natural but if you must, use "himself."
    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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    #6

    Re: Her and himself

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post

    Should I be using "him" instead of "himself"?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    You have already received the answer.

    Your question interested me so much that I checked my books.

    I thought that you might like some additional ideas.

    *****

    For easier analysis, I have simplified your sentence to: "Mona kept pressuring Mike to buy cigarettes for her and himself."

    1. If you wish to follow the usual rules, you might consider using "himself."
    2. Look at the underlined words. In that section of the sentence, you find the word "Mike." Therefore, the rules usually call for using the reflexive pronoun to refer again to "Mike."
    3. For example, one needs to say "Mike bought some cigarettes for himself" (not "him"), for the word "Mike" is in that clause.
    4. I have made up this sentence:

    "I told Mona and Mike to buy some apples for me and themselves."

    The words "Mona and Mike" are in the underlined section of the sentence. Therefore, the rules usually call for the reflexive pronoun to be used when referring to "Mona and Mike."


    Two main sources: Bruce L. Liles, A Basic Grammar of Modern English (1979); James R. Hurford, Grammar / A Student's Guide (1994).
    Last edited by TheParser; 04-Jun-2015 at 11:22.

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