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Were I you I would reward you a little.

Is this sentence correct or should we use

Were I you I would reward myself a little.

I can't give you context as it was asked in my exam.

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  • You asked the exact same question on ELU SE.
    – MorganFR
    Dec 1, 2016 at 16:09
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    A native speaker would most likely use the reflexive pronoun myself there.
    – Robusto
    Dec 1, 2016 at 16:09
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    The reflexive "myself" is correct. Btw, this isn't really the subjunctive. Subjunctive is not a mood, but a clause construction headed by a plain (infinitival) form verb, as in "It is essential that he be told immediately". The "were" in your example is best called "irrealis", a unique mood form limited to "were"; essentially an untidy relic of an earlier system.
    – BillJ
    Dec 1, 2016 at 16:28
  • I'm not sure I have ever heard anybody say were I you. The slightly less literary equivalent If I were you is however very common.
    – Colin Fine
    Apr 29, 2021 at 21:55

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What the writer intends to say is almost certainly:

Were I you I would reward myself a little.

The other sentence:

Were I you I would reward you a little.

seems to be suggesting that the speaker wants to be rewarded, but it's ambiguous. If that's what's intended, the following would be clearer:

Were I you and you were me, I would reward you a little.

(I invite anyone who is bothered by the "me" in the above sentence to read this very interesting discussion.)

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