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Grammar Repair Shop: Me, myself and I

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Problem: When to use "myself," "me" and "I."

Example: "From this point forward, either Betty, Sara or ___ must approve any purchase requests." Should it be "I," "me" or "myself"?

Lesson: Strip away all but the subject and verb of the phrase "__ must approve." Now, it's easier to see that the missing word should be "I." Who must approve? I must approve.

Use "myself" and other compound personal pronouns (yourself, itself, etc.) in two different situations:

1. For emphasis, as in "I mailed the letter myself, so I know it went out."

2. When you want to turn the action back on the subject, as in, "Peter convinced himself that the budget wouldn't work."

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