Choose the correct option:

To get into the building I'll disguise as a reporter.
To get into the building I'll disguise myself as a reporter

Disguise myself is the correct sentence given.

But, if I use it other way and not use myself with it, will it be wrong grammatically?

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    Yes. Disguise needs to be acting on something. If you want to use a verb there without saying "myself," you could try "pose" or "pretend to be a reporter."
    – Alex K
    Feb 1 '16 at 20:45
  • @AlexK sentence.yourdictionary.com/disguise , if I look at these sentences online, its not necessary that every time disguise needs to have a preposition with it. Please suggest. Feb 1 '16 at 20:57
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    @SeemaBhukar - I'm not sure if you mean "preposition" or "object". "Disguise" as a verb doesn't necessarily need a preposition, but it does need an object, because it is a transitive verb.
    – stangdon
    Feb 1 '16 at 21:21
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    @SeemaBhukar In the examples in the link, you will notice that disguise is sometimes a noun and sometimes a verb. When it's a verb, it always has an object, because it's a transitive verb. When it doesn't have an object with it, it is because it is being used in the noun form.
    – BobRodes
    Feb 1 '16 at 23:57

The short answer is that native speakers use the verb disguise transitively, that is, with a direct object. So one speaks of disguising oneself.

This is true, it seems, even though your sentence has two meanings:

To get into the building I'll disguise myself as a reporter.

can mean

To get into the building I'll put on the clothes of a reporter.

But it can also mean

To get into the building I'll disguise myself as a reporter (does)

that is

To get into the building I'll disguise myself using the same method as a reporter disguises himself

In other words, since reporters are not allowed in the building, reporters have to disguise themselves as something else in order to get in.

And since I'm a clergyman and clergymen are also not allowed in the building, I will disguise myself the same way as a reporter disguises himself.

Note this does not mean you have to disguise yourself as the same thing that the reporter disguises himself as. The reporter may disguise himself as a farmer, you might disguise yourself as a fireman.

A parallel usage of what I'm taking about is

I'll play tennis as a tennis pro (does)

I will play tennis in the same way that a tennis pro plays tennis.


Yes, it would be incorrect. However, you could use pose in that situation.

To get into the building, I'll pose as a reporter.

Also, both sentences should have a comma after 'building.'

  • @kittyconsultant good catch
    – Kevin
    Feb 2 '16 at 17:15

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