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If you omit the names of Mary and myself from the list...

  1. Why is names of 'myself' possible?

  2. And someone says it can be 'the names of Mary and me'. Can I use mine instead of me?

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It is correct to say, "omit the names of Mary and me from the list." You could also say, "omit Mary's name and mine."

It is a common error to use "myself" (the reflexive pronoun) in place of "me" (the non-reflexive pronoun).

It is an error, possibly stemming from people wanting to sound more formal or fancy by using more syllables. I don't know.

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  • if you took Mary out, that would leave Omit the name of me from the list ?
    – Smock
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 15:11
  • @Smock no, it wouldn't be correct to write or say that, but it wouldn't be correct to say "omit the name of myself," or "omit the name of I" either. You would have to say, "omit my name" or, if the context of names was clear, "omit mine." Commented Mar 9, 2021 at 21:38

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