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  1. Unregistered
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    you versus yourself

    It is a pet peeve of mine how much "yourself" is used in business writing and speaking.

    I wrote:

    As discussed, you will find transcripts of telephone conversations between you and our customer service representatives.

    My boss likes:

    As discussed, you will find transcripts of telephone conversations between yourself and our customer service representatives.

    I have always been a bit of a grammar nut and this one drives me crazy. Is this an appropriate way to use "yourself" or do I need to recalibrate my grammar radar.

  2. #2

    Re: you versus yourself

    I see it this way:

    If you use "you" in a sentence, the second "you" should be "yourself".

    He found pictures of him?---->himself
    I found pictures of me?---->myself
    You have knowledge of you?--->yourself

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    Re: you versus yourself

    I prefer "you" in that case as well.

    It's not like you're saying "You can hear yourself on the tape." You're saying "the conversation between you and the rep." The "you" refers to the parties in the conversation.

    But why not avoid this? You will find transcripts of your conversations with our customer service representatives.

    [business writer, not teacher]
    Last edited by Barb_D; 24-Aug-2007 at 21:09.

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    Re: you versus yourself

    Yes, and the parties are not "some guy named 'you' and the rep." as the erroneous sentence implies, but you (yourself) and others.

    "You find conversations involving you (and others)." There, clearly something is not quite right.

    But your suggestion is even more concise and elegant.
    Last edited by weiming; 24-Aug-2007 at 08:34.

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