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Reflexive pronoun vs pronoun

Which one is correct? He engraved photos of himself and his wife on the coins. Or He engraved photos of him and his wife on the coins.
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Do you think yourself [to be] a …? [duplicate]

Do you think yourself [to be] so much more courageous than me that you don't think I'll be able to keep up with whatever it is you plan to do? Is a reflexive-pronoun grammatical to be used that ...
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To help you or yourself?

I often find sentences similar to the following: You should use this book to help you with the grammar that you find difficult. To me, the above is more or less equivalent to this one: You ...
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The difference between “by themselves” and “in themselves”

Which of the two sentences below is grammatically better (or correct)? Of course, the stories of this large family are interesting and well-developed in themselves. or: Of course, the stories ...
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What is the meaning of “great with it”?

What is the meaning of "you were great with it" in the following sentence, "Your board is totally awesome! I have to get mine in shape," X said, looking at his old orange board. "I think you were ...
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Reflexive pronoun in a prepositional phrase modifying a noun

I recently saw the sentence She knew what he was talking about because of a previous conversation between themselves. Why is the reflexive pronoun themselves used instead of them? Would She ...
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phrasal verbs with reflexive pronouns

Is it correct to say "The alarm clock switches off itself"? Is it always "...switches itself off"? Does the same happen with an intransitive verb like "wake up", that is, can we say "I always wake up ...
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Did you both get (yourself or yourselves) some ice cream?

Which is correct? Did you both get (yourself or yourselves) some ice cream? Note: This is from an English exercise. You can see the whole worksheet scanned here.
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To take oneself's life is not an act of courage

How do we make a reflexive using the "oneself" when referring to actions or inactions in a sentence. For examples: To take oneself's life is not an act of courage
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Correct usage of Him and Himself

In following piece of text, why author used him instead of himself? In the 1500s, the Spanish explorer Cortes met the Aztecs. Cortes became quiet interested in plantations where the Aztecs ...
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Is 'take some food with yourself' grammatically correct?

The real subject is 'you' and the object is 'you' too. So do I have to use'yourself' or 'you'? By saying 'take' I mean 'carry'.
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Why is “ourselves” used in this sentence? [closed]

Why is "ourselves" used in this sentence? They told us to help ourselves. Does anybody know?
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Is use of 'by' required before empathic pronoun

"Did Simone fix her car by herself? Is by required in above line?What will be change in sense if by is omitted?
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Reflexive pronoun

When Russell Wallace and Darwin independently proposed similar theories, Darwin had already accumulated extensive evidence with which to support his ideas. I found that on Majortest.com. Here it is ...
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Use of absent with reflexive pronoun

I have two sentences, given below, and I need your help to identify if there is any error in any one of them and if there is then What it is? He was absent from the meeting. He absented ...
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Are the reflexive pronouns direct or indirect?

Are the reflexive pronouns direct or indirect ? For example, consider this sentence: I made myself a pizza here "myself" is an indirect or indirect object ? Also does the meaning change if I make ...
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none has come up with

I want to know the meaning of the bold portion, please. Also the meaning of the "come up with" and what is subject for the bold portion. She has seen six doctors so far but none has come up with ...
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I cooked dinner for me myself - is that right to say that?

It seems like that into the sentence I cooked the dinner for me myself I need to insert another myself because the actor and the receiver of the action is the same person (me). But in such a ...
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Why is the word “itself” used here?

In Carolyn's office, Rozart said these words to Det. Lipranzer after hearing about Carolyn being murdered: What the hell was she doing with a B file? Bribery of elected officials. The case number ...
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Why not “She pulled him gently towards herself” but “She pulled him gently towards her”?

We use a reflexive pronoun when we want to refer back to the subject of the sentence or clause. Reflexive pronouns end in "-self" (singular) or "-selves" (plural). Source Eg: I cut myself I saw ...
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When to use “after yourself” & When to use “after you” in the structure “tidy up after somebody”?

See this structure in the dictionary. tidy up after somebody: Eg: I’m tired of tidying up after you boys (=tidying somewhere that someone else has made untidy). Eg: When you cook, could you please ...
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'Like yourself' is more polite than 'Like you'?

Today I used the expression like this: My first name may be difficult to pronounce for foreigners like yourself. I used yourself to politely mention the reader, reminding a movie clip where an old ...
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“Was it SHE you were talking about?”

I have a doubt in choosing the subject and object form of pronoun in some sentences I found following examples in "Word Power Made Easy" by Norman Lewis. But there was no explanation covered for the ...
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About hyphen and reflexive pronouns

Please take a look at the following sentence from this article: Maybe the usage is colloquial, slang, technical, inaccurate, euphemistic, misleading or inappropriate, and the writer wants to ...
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Should I use IT or THEM? [duplicate]

[...] tonnes of rubbish are being accumulated and the lack of space for (IT/THEM) is becoming a complex problem. Should it be IT or THEM? And why?
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“The person of lost umbrella” or “The person whose umbrella is lost”?

It was a mini dialogue, and there was a woman who has lost her umbrella, so it was asking me for the speaker (the woman), so I wrote "The person of lost umbrella". Should it be "The person of lost ...
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Do I need “for” or “of” in a statement like: “<a fact> { - / for / of } which there is <proof>”

Which is grammatical? a. Tom denies a lot of the things he really has said. For instance, 'I have never been arrested,' which there is footage of him saying. b. Tom denies a lot of the things he ...
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An inversion ???

I don't get this quote below in grammar. Could you analysis this sentence for me? "Waive" is a verb, so it can't be the subject. This quote seems in inverted order. Is it an inversion? But just "...
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That and those statements

I was wondering if all of the below are correct: That is the hat of that man. That is that man's hat. That hat is that of that man. That hat is the hat of that man. And same with the word "those": ...
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meaning of “Who do Dirk and Jake expect to see them in dreams?”

This is an example sentence from the linguistic course "The Ling Space". They've used this sentence to explain that a subject can shift when we change the sentence. Just like them in the sentence ...
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<verb> yourself <adjective> (eg: “eat yourself skinny”)

I ran into such phrases: eat yourself skinny sleep yourself to death run yourself thin As far as I understood from the context they mean: eat until you become skinny sleep until you die run until ...
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“catch her train”, Why do we use “her”?

Sarah got to the station just on time to catch her train to the airport. Why do we use "her"? Does it mean Sarah already have the ticket in advance? if not, can we omit it?
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its or his in this context? [duplicate]

Which one is correct: A child born today inherits a world vastly different from that of its parent’s generation. A child born today inherits a world vastly different from that of his parent’s ...
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“What's her” vs. “What's hers”

Can you tell and explain, which one is grammatically correct? My excuse is that I am a kid, what's her? or My excuse is that I am a kid, what's hers?
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“as rich as him”, “as rich as he” or “as rich as he is”

1) I've never met a man as rich as him. 2) I've never met a man as rich as he. 3) I've never met a man as rich as he is. Which one of the above-mentioned is correct (in formal scenario) and ...
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Need help with sentence construction

I need some help with sentence grammar and I hope you can help me. What is your biggest goal in life? Is it to write a book, find a fulfilling job or find a love of your life? Can I start second ...
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Is it appropriate to reduce the sentence in this way?

Can I say this sentence in this way: The document which is to be signed by me is to be reviewed by the Manager and to be signed by the General Director. ⇒ The document to be signed by me to be ...
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When to use 'Their“ vs ”his or her"?

In the below sentence, we have once used "Their" and then used "his or her". Why? "Since age is not necessarily an indication of lower ability , treating a person less favorably on the basis of their ...
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One should love everyone's wife. Is it right grammatically?

I want to know whether the sentence one should love everyone's wife is correct grammatically or not. I think it's grammatically correct but meaning differs from the sentence One should love one's ...
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Adjectival Participle Clause

I was reading an article on "Pidgin English" a couple of days ago. It started like this: " There is a story of a British consul in China who was asked to marry a young Danish sailor and a Chinese ...
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“we have to decide what point will be the next” is it correct or not?

Are the following sentences correct? I have some confusion with them because of the mismatched tenses. I am just confused a little bit about the uses of different tenses in the same sentence. We ...
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How to understand “And with it went <something>”?

I quoted the following sentence from The Guardian. Then, before any significant change could be made to the Cuban system, the Soviet Union imploded, and with it went the extensive economic network ...
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“How do you know what to say yes to” strange construction

"How do you know what to say yes to" What is this strange little phrase? I know what it means but how to understand it grammatically?
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Question about those/these and if my sentence makes sense

... Are the university's tutors officially involved in those groups? If yes, how active those groups are and what I could be potentially missing compared to when not using those groups? ...
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One's own, Oneself and himself

Here are two sentences with one's health and his health : One should take care of one's health. One should take care of his health. Do the meaning differs if we add own in these sentences as ...
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I have a problem understanding an article's line

Thank you always for your assistance. My question is, about a line in this article. At the 7th line, it is saying, Gülen is a onetime ally of Erdogan’s whose exile and perhaps execution the ...
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What is the grammar construction used in “which is then”

I saw a sentence on the web page of python as below: This means that source files can be run directly without explicitly creating an executable which is then run. I do understand what the ...
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Is it “Whom” or “Who”/“Which”?

English is not my native language so I don't know it very well. I'm trying to learn when to use whom, which, and who. I can't find my new coat _____ I bought last week. Could someone explain to ...
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What is the meaning of ''cry oneself"?

I came across this phrase/these words while reading a novel. What does it mean? Like If I say : I cried myself. I wanted to cry myself. Does it mean crying over oneself? I mean crying over ...
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Can I put reflexive pronoun between between the verb and the preposition in phrasal verb liven up?

I'm going to liven myself up a little by going for a run. I found the above sentence from Cambridge Dictionary, and can I rewrite the sentence as I'm going to liven up myself a little by going for a ...