Eleanor Meecham | June 25, 2015
I treated myself to chocolate gateau for breakfast.
I made myself ill by eating too much.
I punished myself later by having celery sticks for dinner.
I myself scoffed every last fairy cake.
I would eat that Tim Tam myself, but I think I’ve had enough.
My boss was going to take the last Anzac biscuit, but I pushed her aside and ate it myself.
In these sentences, ‘myself’ is added only for emphasis. If you remove it, the sentences still make perfect sense.
It’s easy to use ‘myself’ incorrectly when adding yourself to a list of people.
Email Harold, Miri, or myself for the best pavlova recipe.
Email Harold, Miri, or me for the best pavlova recipe.
Always think of the sentence as if you were the only one in it. You wouldn’t say ‘Email myself’, you’d say ‘Email me’. Once you have the sentence right, add in the other people.
Note: The above rules also apply when using: