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English translation: Yes there's a difference

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10:57 Aug 23, 2001
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Tom and I... Tom and myself...
Existe alguna diferencia (even if it is a veeeery subtle one) entre estas dos formas.
Gracias,
aurora
English translation:Yes there's a difference
Explanation:
Myself is a reflexive pronoun, used in similar ways to in Spanish. These are generally used when the object is the same as the subject.For example, "I dress myself or The lights turn themselves on each night". The best way I've found to decide which pronoun to use for self (I, me, myself) is to remove the other party and think about it. For example "Tom and myself are going for lunch" Is that right? Take out Tom and would you say "Myself am going for lunch? Not at all, so it should be Tom and I are going for lunch.
Yopu could of course say, "I'm taking myself for a great meal tonight". If for example Tom is your son, you could say "I'm going to dress Tom and myself for the party." or something similar.
I hope this helps.For further reference, I'd suggest a book called "How English Works" by Oxford University Press. It's full of handy little clues about English language useage.
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Atacama
Australia
Local time: 22:00
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Thank you. Of course I know what reflexive pronouns are (as opposed to personal pronouns) but I thought that in some cases one might decide to give a special "emphasis"? and use myself.
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Yes there's a difference


Explanation:
Myself is a reflexive pronoun, used in similar ways to in Spanish. These are generally used when the object is the same as the subject.For example, "I dress myself or The lights turn themselves on each night". The best way I've found to decide which pronoun to use for self (I, me, myself) is to remove the other party and think about it. For example "Tom and myself are going for lunch" Is that right? Take out Tom and would you say "Myself am going for lunch? Not at all, so it should be Tom and I are going for lunch.
Yopu could of course say, "I'm taking myself for a great meal tonight". If for example Tom is your son, you could say "I'm going to dress Tom and myself for the party." or something similar.
I hope this helps.For further reference, I'd suggest a book called "How English Works" by Oxford University Press. It's full of handy little clues about English language useage.

Atacama
Australia
Local time: 22:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
Grading comment
Thank you. Of course I know what reflexive pronouns are (as opposed to personal pronouns) but I thought that in some cases one might decide to give a special "emphasis"? and use myself.
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