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    Using reflexive pronouns

    Hi, Teachers!

    1. It's because we think those disabled people are different from us.
    2. It's because we think those disabled people are different from ourselves.

    Which sentence is correct?
    Are both sentences grammatically acceptable?
    It's so confusing.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by isahne; 08-May-2007 at 00:47. Reason: misspelling

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    #2

    Re: Using reflexive pronouns

    #1 Is correct. This is not a reflexive pronoun situation. The antecedent noun is "people", so we use the pronoun "us", not the reflexive pronoun ourselves.


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    Re: Using reflexive pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    #1 Is correct. This is not a reflexive pronoun situation. The antecedent noun is "people", so we use the pronoun "us", not the reflexive pronoun ourselves.
    Thanks for quick reply, but I have one more question.

    According to A grammar book'
    It says that people sometimes use reflexive pronouns rather than personal pronouns as the object of a preposition, in order to emphasize them.'

    There's always someone worse off than yourself.

    Is this case different from that case?

    Thanks, again.
    Last edited by isahne; 08-May-2007 at 06:47.

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    #4

    Re: Using reflexive pronouns

    Again, this is a not a reflexive pronoun situation. A reflexive pronoun refers back to the antecedent noun or pronoun when both are the same person or people. It is not used for emphasis.

    I caused myself a lot of trouble. (same person)
    They did all the work by themselves. (same people)
    He is disappointed in me. (not the same person)

    'There is always someone worse off than you (are).' is correct.
    Last edited by 2006; 08-May-2007 at 16:01.


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    Re: Using reflexive pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Again, this is a not a reflexive pronoun situation. A reflexive pronoun refers back to antecedent noun or pronoun when both are the same person or people. It is not used for emphasis.

    I caused myself a lot of trouble. (same person)
    They did all the work by themselves. (same people)
    He is disappointed in me. (not the same person)

    'There is always someone worse off than you (are).' is correct.




    Thanks.

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