It's been a long time since I asked my questions in here. How do you do?
My question today is:
'Make ... a cup of coffe"
I think that 'yourself' sounds more natural to me, because 'Make your a cup of coffe' sounds silly. But, what's a real explanation behind it?
Yes, "yourself" is correct. The explanation is that there is an implied "You" at the beginning of the sentence. '(You) make yourself a cup of coffee.'
So the reflexive pronoun "yourself" refers back to the implied 'you' and is correct and sounds natural too.
One would not use "your"; one might wonder about using 'you', but that would be incorrect also.
Last edited by 2006; 21-Oct-2008 at 05:04.
Reason: correct punctuation
'He made himself a cup of coffee' - reflexive
'I made him a cup of coffee' = 'I made a cup of coffee for him'
with the preposition taking the objective case 'him'. Compare
"I made myself a cup of coffee" - reflexive.
"Make your a cup of coffee", I've mentioned above.
Even when preceded by a preposition, we use the 'yourself' form when it is reflexive, as in
"See for yourself" = "You can see for yourself if you care to look."