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Write the Right Word: Me, Myself and I

“Myself” is not a substitute for “me” or “I.”

You’ve probably seen a sentence such as this: “Please contact Jane Smith, Kate Doe or myself for more information about the workshop.” The “myself” is incorrect. “Me” is the correct word.

The best way to determine which is right is to delete the other people in the sentence. You would not say “Please contact myself.” You would say “Please contact me for more information about the workshop.” So the sentence should be: “Please contact Jane Smith, Kate Doe or me for more information about the workshop.”

“Myself” is a reflexive pronoun. Think of it this way: I look in the mirror and see a reflection of myself.

A reflexive pronoun always is the object of a sentence; it never can be the subject. A subject is the one doing something in a sentence, and the object is the one having something done. So if I pet the cat, I am the subject and the cat is the object. You wouldn’t say “Myself petted the cat,” so don’t say “Fred and myself petted the cat.”

Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391

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