1

Pete, still fuming, tries to calm himself (down).

Is "down" necessary here?

7

No, it is not necessary, but it is idiomatic.

Calm himself is rather formal, in normal conversation, people would say calm himself down.

Edit: on further thought, not many people would say calm himself down. Most people would say Pete, still fuming, tries to calm down. No "himself".

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .