I came up with the following structure , trying to say that everyone should take their own precautionary measures.

The structure:

Every one should take a self-precautionary measures.

My question: is using the prefix "self" applicable ???

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    You should not use 'a' before measures (plural). Dec 31, 2020 at 19:07
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    self-precautionary ain't great.
    – Lambie
    Feb 6, 2021 at 19:52

2 Answers 2


Here is a better way to say it:

Everyone should take precautionary measures to protect themselves.

The sentence you gave has a big problem: it seems that you want to protect people from themselves. On the other hand, you might be onto something!

Unfortunately, "self" does not make a good prefix for "precautionary".


oneself. To mean a set of measure chosen individually one might s"self-precautionary measures." would mean precautions against oneself. To mean a set of individually chosen precautions, one might write:

Every one should take self-chosen precautionary measures.

The comment by @Michael Harvey is correct that one should not use the indefinite article "a" in this structure.

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