Results 1 to 3 of 3

    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 20
    #1

    You or yourself?

    Hi teachers.
    Which one of the following 2 sentences is grammatically correct and why?

    1) I never thought a person like yourself would do something like that.

    2) I never thought a person like you would do something like that.


    Thank you!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 4,146
    #2

    Re: You or yourself?

    Quote Originally Posted by Federerexpress View Post
    Hi teachers.
    Which one of the following 2 sentences is grammatically correct and why?

    1) I never thought a person like yourself would do something like that.

    2) I never thought a person like you would do something like that.


    Thank you!
    "yourself" is a reflexive pronoun; therefore, it is used after the word "you". Since there is no preceding "you" in the sentence, "yourself" should not be used.

    I never thought that you would hurt yourself.


    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 810
    #3

    Re: You or yourself?

    Some English speakers (occasionally) use yourself in place of you, but I think it is often a failed attempt to sound well spoken.

    Yourself works in the same manner as all the reflexive pronouns (I've hurt myself. They have only themselves to blame... ).

    I am not a teacher.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •