Language Rules

Definately Fixing Alot Of Americas Grammar 1 Word At A Thyme

Grammar Lesson

with 2 comments

“Myself” is quickly becoming the most annoying and blatantly incorrectly-used word in the English language. When would one ever begin a sentence with “myself?” Answer: One wouldn’t (unless, of course, one is using it as a noun as I have above!).

Here are a few examples of recent occurrences of improperly used “myselfs” that I’ve come across recently:

  • Myself and the people I was staying with thought it would be a good idea to donate too.”
  • “If you have questions, feel free to email either myself or John.”

Rule of thumb: “Myself” almost always follows a verb, the action of which refers to you, occasionally acts as a sort of situational qualifier, and, in other rare instances, can serve as reinforcement of a noun. It never is a noun.

Examples:

  • I bathe myself.
  • If I had the time, I would write at more length about grammar myself, but luckily there are books for this sort of thing, the pages of which many — most — of us have graced at one point or another.
  • For 20 years now, I have gotten dressed by myself, except when I have drunk too much.
  • I, myself, disagree.

Now, run along.

Written by benferguson

2006 Jul 20 at 11:04

Posted in grammar

2 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. “myself” without a same-clause antecedent has been used (and condemned) for at least a hundred years. Its usage is quite interesting

    http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002458.html
    http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002774.html

    madbandril

    2007 Feb 7 at 12:16

  2. I cooked breakfast myself, but I cooked it only for me.

    LoboSolo

    2010 Jun 24 at 20:28


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: