I made up the sentence:

I proclaimed myself king.

How to form correct questions?

  1. Who proclaimed myself king?
  2. Who did I proclaim myself?
  3. Who did I proclaim king?

Please, correct my sentences.

1 Answer 1

  1. Who proclaimed me king?

"Myself" is used when the subject and the object are both you. Because you are asking "who" here, you don't know who the subject is. Thus, you can't use "myself".

  1. What did I proclaim myself?

King is a title here, and so it is a "what". For comparison, King James is a "who".

Your third question is fine. You could answer it with your given sentence, or simply "Myself."

  • "I proclaimed myself King James". The question would be "who did I proclaim myself?", right?
    – Vova
    Commented Jun 29, 2020 at 14:01
  • Not right, but I understand why it is confusing. A name is a "what". The person it names is a "who". I'm not sure this will help, but consider this: you can write the words "an apple", but you cannot write an apple. A word is not the thing it refers to; it is just the name for it. But the mistake of using "who" there isn't confusing; it just indicates English might not be your first language. Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 6:10
  • "What did I proclaim myself?" is correct for all cases, no matter what word follows "I proclaimed myself ...", right?
    – Vova
    Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 13:06

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