[Ads-l] Reflexive pronoun 'epidemic' in BrE

David Kendal me at DPK.IO
Sun Jul 31 07:46:02 EDT 2016


Has anyone investigated this more thoroughly? Does BrE really use more
reflexive pronouns than AmE? Is this a recent trend?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/29/opinion/english-for-yourself.html

Specifically, use of prep. + refl. pron. instead of the more standard
subj. pron.

As a BrE speaker I think I instinctively associate this pattern with
politeness or modesty in relatively formal contexts, particularly in
‘for myself’ meaning ‘if it were up to me’, with an implication that
the speaker has been persuaded to undertake a task which normally they
would not.

But that's all anecdotal.

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