Me, Myself, and Why.

November 7, 2012 by edotgdot

Me or Myself?


A frequently asked question and a common mistake. Many people use myself when they should simply use me. For example, in the sentence below we will examine what word to use.

When in doubt, contact an editor, writer, or myself with any questions.

Is this proper? Here’s a quick and dirty tip from Grammar Girl. Think about the sentence as if you are the only one in it. Remove editor and writer from the sentence above and you are left with:

When in doubt, contact myself with any questions. (This statement even sounds off, doesn’t it?)

Me is the appropriate word to use here. Then the right way to write the first statement is:

When in doubt, contact an editor, writer, or me with any questions.

Myself is a reflexive pronoun when you are the direct object of the sentence. Another great tip from University of Houston-Victoria, only use myself when you have already referred to yourself in the sentence. Furthermore, myself will be used for emphasis such as:

I wrote this blog post myself.

I myself do not care for foie gras.

I saw the Grand Canyon myself and can attest to its magnificence.

Generally speaking, myself is used much less frequently than me.

Sources: Grammar Girl; University of Houston-Victoria; Wikipedia




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