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

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 31 19:28:34 UTC 2016

On Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 10:09 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> can be either objective or reflexive, depending on various factors:  She
> pulled the blanket around her/herself.

"Depending on various factors" is not the half of it, as might be said in

"She pulled the blanket around herself" sounds to me almost as horrific as
"she pulled the blanket around she and I."

Different strokes...

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come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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