2

What is the difference between

I baked the cake myself

and

I myself baked the cake

3
  • I think there is no difference between these two sentences. it is just a matter of placing the direct object at the beginning or at the end.
    – sharon
    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:40
  • 7
    There is a difference in focus, or emphasis, and therefore connotation, between these two constructions. We'd use the latter when we really wanted to focus on ourselves, and take pride in having baked the cake alone, without help from anyone else. By contrast, the former construction puts relatively more focus on the cake, and may be underscoring that it's home made (and therefore delicious) or that, eg, you know for sure it doesn't contain poison (in a crime novel, for example).
    – Dan Bron
    Jan 14, 2015 at 12:19
  • 2
    @DanBron: sounds like an answer to me...
    – Stephie
    Jan 14, 2015 at 16:42

2 Answers 2

1

These two sentences mean the same thing, but option 1 sounds more natural to modern English speakers.

This is an example of a reflexive pronoun being used for emphasis. That is, the meaning of the sentence also does not change if the pronoun is removed.

I baked the cake.

Means the same thing as

I baked the cake myself.

Adding the reflexive pronoun myself adds extra emphasis to the idea that I was the one who baked it. We might picture this sentence being said by a child who just made their first cake or maybe by someone who is very proud of having made such a beautiful cake.

When using a reflexive pronoun for emphasis this way, it is most commonly placed at the end or at least distant from the subject. This is because saying I myself is redundant and delays the point of the sentence.

Violating this rule (using I myself) can be done to show a high level of formality or to show that the speaker might not be using modern English.

-1

I baked the cake myself sounds better.

Also, if you say I, myself, baked the cake you need commas around myself.

EDIT: there is no difference in meaning between them.

1
  • 1
    I think he has asked the difference What is the difference?
    – sharon
    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:43

You must log in to answer this question.

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