Which is correct?

Did you both get (yourself or yourselves) some ice cream?

Note: This is from an English exercise. You can see the whole worksheet scanned here.


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Since the sentence is talking about two people (you both) which is more than one, it definitely should be yourselves which is the plural version of the reflexive pronoun yourself:

Did you both get yourselves some ice cream?

  • That's what I thought. And said. but aparently the kids teacher doesn't agree.. I said since it has a plural context the selection is going to be plural.
    – Josh
    May 30, 2018 at 23:53
  • @Josh I don't know why she says that. What are her arguments? May 31, 2018 at 5:00
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    @Josh I agree that “you” is plural — second person plural— even without both in the sentence. It could only be singular (“yourself”) if it were re-written: “did you each get yourself some ice cream?“ Oct 18, 2018 at 17:18

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