The sentences in question:

From what I’ve heard from his classmates, he has a knack for explaining the tricky, intricate programming concepts in a very easy-to-understand manner. This skill of his clearly reveals that his own fundamental computer concepts are strong and crystal clear.

There is a green highlight on that bold part, and MS word says "Reflexive Pronoun Use (Consider revising)". However, I don't understand what's wrong at all. Please explain to me what is the mistake here. Thanks you!

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    There's nothing wrong. A reflexive pronoun would be impossible here.
    – BillJ
    Nov 20, 2017 at 10:14
  • @BillJ Please tell Mr. Nadella the same thing, as of now he isn't listening to my repeated attempts of "Ignore Once" :D Nov 20, 2017 at 10:21
  • I ran the sentence through Word Spelling & Grammar checker on my PC and it found nothing wrong. Isn't that strange?
    – BillJ
    Nov 20, 2017 at 10:29
  • @BillJ It is indeed strange. Please see this pasteboard.co/GUvzHaR.png Note the green underline, and the first gray heading on the context menu. Nov 20, 2017 at 10:59
  • @GaurangTandon I think that by "reflexive" your teacher meant to say that "own" was unnecessary, and I agree with him. We use "own" for emphasis, and there's no need for emphasis here.
    – Gustavson
    Nov 20, 2017 at 22:56

1 Answer 1


Microsoft Word is really bad at grammar. The green squiggly is useful only for catching careless mistakes.

You ask what the mistake is in your sentence: there isn't one.

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    Thanks for posting an answer so I can finally close this question ^_^ Dec 11, 2017 at 14:29

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