Got another question from the Peanut Gallery:
“Seems to me that a lot of people in Texas use the reflexive pronoun constantly — and incorrectly from what I remember.
Bad Example: ‘Please give a copy to George and myself.’
Do you notice this?”
Yes, people use “me”, “myself”, and “I” incorrectly all the time, especially in songs on the radio.
Corrected Example: “Please give a copy to George and me.”
Here’s the Rule: Use “I” as a subject, “me” as an object, and “myself” when you’ve already used “I” earlier in the same sentence or you’re emphasizing your own role.
Example: “As for myself, I prefer to take all the credit, even though the paper was written by both John and me.”
To help you remember this, here are some songs on the radio that actually did it right:
“You are so beautiful … to ME. Can’t you SEE?”
“All by myself … don’t wanna be … all by myself … anymore.”
“You and I will make a pact … we must bring salvation back … where there is love, I’ll be there.”