Have you ever wondered if you should say, "Jason and myself..." or "Jason and I..."? Wonder no more! I have the answer. "Myself" is a reflexive pronoun, a personal pronoun that relates (think "reflect") the action of the verb back to the subject. Examples: I drove the car myself. (I-myself.) He drove by himself (he-himself). They went by themselves (they-themselves). CLUE: When using "myself," make sure there is an "I" earlier in the sentence. Example 1. INCORRECT: Nancy will travel with Todd and myself. EXPLANATION: Let's remove "Todd and" from the sentence. Nancy will not travel with myself. "Myself" must be a reflection of "I," and there's no "I" in the sentence. CORRECT: Nancy will travel with Todd and me. Example 2. INCORRECT: Mother and myself will go to the store. EXPLANATION: Let's remove "Mother and." Would you say, "Myself will go to the store"? CORRECT: Mother and I will go to the store. Reflexive pronouns like "myself" can't be the subject of a sentence. They're generally used to emphasize something. "I'll do it" isn't as strong as "I'll do it myself." Sometimes reflexive pronouns are called "self"ish pronouns. Additional Resources: * Reflexive Pronouns * Professor Paul Brians: I/Me/Myself * The Tongue Untied
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