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Me vs Myself – What’s the Difference?

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When to Use Me

Me” is a personal pronoun that refers to one’s own self. Specifically, it is an objective pronoun. It takes the function of an object in sentences.

Examples

  1. Are you speaking to me?
  2. Let me have the gun!
  3. It is up to me to decide!

When to Use Myself

Myself” is also a pronoun that refers to the speaker, but a different kind of pronoun than “me”. It is a reflexive pronoun, meaning the speaker or writer would use it self-referentially. “Myself” is used when the speaker both performs and receives the verb’s action.

Examples

  1. I myself would not do it that way.
  2. I look after myself by putting on a coat when it is cold.
  3. If I did it I would never forgive myself!

Remember

“Me” is a personal pronoun.

“Myself” is either a reflexive pronoun, or an intensive pronoun.

If the speaker is the object of a verb, but not the subject, choose “me”. If the speaker is both the subject and the object of a verb, choose “myself”.

Definitions

  1. Personal pronoun: each of the pronouns in English (I, you, he, she, it, we, they, me, him, her, us, and them) comprising a set that shows contrasts of person, gender, number, and case.
  2. Reflexive pronoun: denoting a pronoun that refers back to the subject of the clause in which it is used, e.g. myself, themselves.
  3. Intensive pronoun: refers back to another noun or pronoun used earlier in the sentence.

Note: Intensive pronouns aren’t essential to a sentence’s basic meaning.

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