I found this on a facebook comment.

Great to see the man who brings Microsoft to Nepal is now at Microsoft himself!

Besides brings, is this grammatically correct?

I feel that Microsoft himself is incorrect. But I don't know.

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    I think this question should stay open. OP has identified the specific source of his confusion, though it may take a little reading between the lines to get inside his head and see exactly why he's confused. Aug 21, 2015 at 17:42

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Aside from brings (which as you suggest should probably be brought), the sentence is grammatically OK.

The referent of himself is not Microsoft but the man .... Putting the emphatic himself at the end of the sentence is common— it puts even more emphasis on that final word. For instance, this is entirely natural:

The contractor who built this prison is now incarcerated there himself.

It's only problematic here because in writing your eye moves backward, and the first noun it encounters is Microsoft. It takes a beat or two to realize that himself cannot refer to a place, and then move past Microsoft and Nepal to the man. In speech this problem doesn't arise, because you parse with the ear, not the eye, and a sentence leading to the detached himself has a different pitch contour than one which ends on a collocation like Microsoft itself.

  • A comma after 'Microsoft' could help to wrap up that clause ("at Microsoft") and bring "himself" closer to "man". Aug 21, 2015 at 17:43
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    @VictorBazarov I would resist that comma, which intrudes an improper disjunction. The only real solution in writing is to move himself after now; but that wrecks the rhythm and turns a colloquial sentence into a very formal one. In fact, the ambiguity scarcely exists for a native-speech reader, who would never conceive that himself could refer to MS. Aug 21, 2015 at 17:48
  • I have no problem with himself, but the sentence is weird to me. I can get a sentence like the man who brought Microsoft to Nepal is now at Microsoft himself, but what does "Great to see" at the beginning of sentence?!!!
    – Ahmad
    Aug 21, 2015 at 17:55
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    @Ahmad Again, this is very ordinary colloquial use: It is is omitted at the front. "It is great to see [that] the man &c". For a technical description, check out John Lawler's post at ELU on conversational deletion. Aug 21, 2015 at 18:00
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    @Ahmad That it is nice to witness this event/hear this news.
    – JMB
    Aug 21, 2015 at 18:00

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