Reflexive pronouns

A: Are you sure you talked to the bank manager?
B: Yes, I talked to him-----------.
a. myself
b. himself
Could you tell me which one is correct? 


  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭
    edited July 2018

    In this context they are not reflexive pronouns but emphatic pronouns.

    myself = 'me, not somebody else'
    yourself = 'you, not somebody else'
    himself = 'him, not somebody else'
    herself = 'her, not somebody else'
    itself = 'it, not something else'
    ourselves = 'us, not some other people'
    yourselves = 'you, not some other people'
    themselves = 'them, not some other people'

    An emphatic pronoun may follow the SUBJECT NOUN or PRONOUN

    The teachers themselves owned the school.
    They themselves owned the school.

    or it may come at the end of the CLAUSE

    The teachers owned the school themselves.
    They owned the school themselves.

    So it's possible to say

    I myself talked to him.
    I talked to him myself

    But not

    I himself talked to him.
    I talked to him himself.

    Now, it's possible to add an emphatic pronoun to an OBJECT — but not if the OBJECT is a PRONOUN.

    I talked to the manager himself — = 'to the manager, not somebody else'

    but not

    I talked to him himself.

    If we don't want to repeat a NOUN, we use a different one

    Did you speak to the manager?
    Yes, I spoke to the man himself.
    (with some stress on the word man)

  • I wrote

    An emphatic pronoun may follow the SUBJECT NOUN or PRONOUN

    In fact, I believe that this is not quite true of all emphatic pronouns. We can say

    I myself
    You yourself
    He himself
    She herself
    We ourselves
    You yourselves
    They themselves

    but not

    It itself

    As with OBJECT pronouns, we can substitute a different NOUN

    A: What's wrong with 'War and Peace'?
    B: The book itself isn't the problem.

  • Phamas11Phamas11
    edited July 2018

    Thanks for the good ideas to bring it.

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