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    cook yourself

    "I'd like to invite you to a restaurant so that you don't have to cook yourself."

    Is "cook yourself" correct here or does it mean something like "jump into the boiler and become a meal for cannibals"?
    Maybe "by yourself" would be better? I don't know.
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 19-Dec-2016 at 15:59.

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    Re: cook yourself

    The sentence is fine as it is. 'By yourself' would not be correct in that sentence.

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    Re: cook yourself

    "Cook yourself" on its own could mean (the unlikely) "Please jump in a pot of boiling water and cook your own body" or (the more likely) "You make the dinner - I'm not going to do it".

    Within a sentence, as with your original, it's fine when you want to stress that the person does/doesn't have to do something instead of someone else doing it.

    Note that your original didn't actually need that last word. "I'd like to invite you to a restaurant so that you don't have to cook" is sufficient.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: cook yourself

    Or do the cooking (yourself).

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