Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 10:45:33 -0500
From: Mark Mandel Mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DRAGONSYS.COM
elisa vazquez iglesias iaevi[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USC.ES asks:
Could you say "Shall I fix yourself a sandwich?"? What about "Shall
I fix himself a sandwich?"? Do you find any grammatical difference
between these two sentences?
3: NO!!!! They're both HORRIBLE!!!!
... except, for #2, in a usage that you're probably not thinking
about, which I believe has been discussed here, in which "himself" is
used with no reflexive sense to refer to the Man of the House. I think of it
as having an Irish flavor, but no doubt I will be corrected by the more
knowledgeable. This usage is no part of my speech, which is why it is
irrelevant to my answer #2.
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