Monday, January 14, 2008

Use "myself" more

If you're a typical American, you sometimes say "myself" when you should say "me" or "I."

"Me, Myself and I," an opinion essay by Collin Levy in
The Wall Street Journal (Jan. 14, 2008), hones in on how presidential candidates are over-using "myself." Misuse can change the meaning of a sentence.

The right way to use "myself"? "...the classically-approved usage of 'myself' is as an intensive ('I myself feel that way') or reflexive ('I hurt myself')."

Proper usage will enhance your credibility with members of your audience who care about grammar.

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