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    #1

    Smile Is this sentence correct?

    Could you please tell if this sentence is correct:
    " I am not myself among these fortunate parents."


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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    I'd write, "I myself am not among these fortunate parents." That is, if your meaning is "As for me, I'm not among these fortunate parents."

    "I am not myself" means that you're literally not yourself, that you're feeling ill mentally (usually) or physically. ("I'm sorry I behaved so badly. I'm afraid I'd had too much to drink and wasn't quite myself.") So, your sentence could be interpreted as meaning, "I lose it mentally when I'm with these fortunate parents." Of course, perhaps that is what you intend :)

    [native speaker, not a teacher]

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    #3

    Smile Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Thank you very much! You were most helpful! My intend was the first sentence and I didn't have even the slightest idea that misplacing (word order) the word "myself" would change the meaning totally.


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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Well, I knew what you meant, and probably in context anyone else would too. But it's better to be completely safe :)

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