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Please imagine you're talking to someone through a community application on your phone like Skype. You want to see his / her face in various pics. I was wondering which option below sounds correct to you to be asked from that person:

1- Send me a (photo / picture) of you please.
2- Send me a (photo / picture) of yours please.
3- Send me a (photo / picture) of yourself please.

To me, they all sound correct, and semantically and grammatically I see nothing wrong with each one.

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Since this is an imperative sentence, the implied subject is you.

So, the object pronoun must be a reflexive pronoun.

A reflexive pronoun is used when the object of the verb is the same as the subject. Since the person is sending a picture of themselves, you would have to use the reflexive pronoun yourself.

Of yours implies possession, so if you were to ask "Send me a picture of yours", you would be asking for any picture that they had.

Using you is grammatically incorrect, however it still retains the same semantic value as the correct word, yourself, unlike yours.

As a sidenote, I would maybe add Could you or something of the like to the start of the sentence and phrase it as a question, as the recipient may take it to be a bit blunt if you aren't already close with them.

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  • Thank you @hvhsh. So, #1 is incorrect, while both #2 and #3 work properly. But which one is preferred and why? – A-friend Aug 13 '19 at 14:30
  • @A-friend If you want a picture of that person, you would go with number 3. When you say "of yours", it implies possession, so you would really only be asking for a picture which they had, and not necessarily of them. – hvksh Aug 13 '19 at 14:53

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