Your Pronouns

Following the completion of the project please reach out to myself or Lori if you don’t see the refunded charge appear on your bank statement. 

Do you see the pronoun misuse in the above sentence?  Pronoun misuse runs rampant, especially with the reflexive pronoun “myself.”

“Myself” needs either a proper noun or an “I” preceding it to make it correct. These “self” pronouns are either reflexive or intensive. The reflexive pronouns “reflect” back to the noun: 1.) I injured myself. 2.) I let myself into the office. 3.) I amaze myself…. It’s incorrect to use “myself” in place of the objective pronoun “me”; therefore, the correct way to write the sentence:

Following the completion of the project please reach out to Lori or me if you don’t see the refunded charge appear on your bank statement.  

You can’t tell someone to reach out to “myself” can you? You tell your reader to reach out to “me.”

The intensive use: 1.) I myself made my goal. 2.) I myself reviewed her book.  3.) Jody, herself, handle the case.  They follow the nouns they intensify.

Watch yourselves when you next write the reflexive pronouns.

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