Thank Norman for that material.
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.
- Are you speaking to me?
- Let me have the gun!
- 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.
- I myself would not do it that way.
- I look after myself by putting on a coat when it is cold.
- If I did it I would never forgive myself!
“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”.
- 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.
- Reflexive pronoun: denoting a pronoun that refers back to the subject of the clause in which it is used, e.g. myself, themselves.
- 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.