When dealing with objects of a sentence, it might be hard to decide between using ‘me’ and ‘myself.’ Wondering what the difference is between the two? We’ll answer that in this article, plus teach you how to use both in a sentence correctly.
The short answer is that both ‘me’ and ‘myself’ are considered objects. However, ‘myself’ is a special object. Only use ‘myself’ when you’re the subject of a sentence.
The word ‘me’ is a personal pronoun, and the word ‘myself’ is a reflexive pronoun, but it can also be used as an intensive pronoun.
What this means is that ‘me’ refers to one’s own self (you).
‘Myself’ refers to the speaker; however, they’re used in different contexts.
For example, you might say: No one passed the ball to me in gym class today.
As you can see, you can’t replace ‘me’ with ‘myself.’
You might also say: I can’t do anything for myself.
This is correct, but replacing ‘myself’ with ‘me’ wouldn’t be grammatical.
As you just learned, the difference between ‘me’ and ‘myself’ is the way the words are used. Both words refer to you or whoever’s speaking.
For example, if you’re talking to someone about yourself, you’d refer to yourself as ‘me’ or, in some cases, ‘myself.’
Take a look at an example:
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘me’ is the objective version of ‘I.’
The definition of ‘myself’ is identical to ‘I’ or for emphasis.
For example, you might say, “I myself am not going down that steep hill.”
Wondering how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.
Now that you know what the words mean and how to pronounce them, let’s take a look at how to use them in a sentence. We’ll start with ‘me.’
Now, let’s see some examples of how to use ‘myself’ in a sentence.
To recap, we learned that ‘me’ and ‘myself’ both refer to oneself, used by whoever is speaking. The terms cannot be used interchangeably because they’re both objects, but ‘myself’ is a special object, which means it has special considerations when it comes to usage.
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