Many people misuse the word myself. Here are two examples.
Carl and myself ate lunch. = No
Mike cooked lunch for Carl and myself. = No
Myself can only be used as a reflexive pronoun or an intensive pronoun. Let's learn about each of these!
Reflexive pronouns are objects that refer (or reflect) back to the subject. They end in -self or
Intensive pronouns are used to emphasize another noun or pronoun. They also end in -self or
Now let's take another look at those two common misuses.
1. Carl and myself ate lunch. = No
In this sentence, myself is being used as a subject. But, myself isn't a subject pronoun. That's the role of the word I.
2. Mike cooked lunch for Carl and myself. = No
In this sentence, myself is being used as an object (It's the object of the preposition for.), but the only way it can be used as an object is if it refers back to the subject.
That's not the case here. The subject is Mike, and myself does not refer back to Mike.
We need to change the word myself to me.
Here is a similar sentence that uses myself as a reflexive pronoun.
There you have it! Now you know that myself can only be a reflexive or intensive pronoun, and you know what's wrong with the two common misuses of myself.
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