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Which is correct?
|Call __________ if you have any problems setting up the new modem.
First of all, when you speak of yourself and another person, the other person goes first. That’s simple manners, kids.
Then, as the object of the sentence — the one called — the correct first person pronoun is me. I is the correct form for the subject, as in I call Gerald when I have problems setting up my modems. Myself is a reflexive pronoun, used when the subject and object of a sentence (doer and one done to) are the same entity. Examples: I scratched myself; I hurt myself; I embarrassed myself; I checked myself before I wrecked myself.
Myself is also used as an intensifier, adding emphasis to the fact that you are an individual and, as an individual, have certain habits or preferences (or other things). Example: I, myself, prefer informal but proper grammar.
Do you need more explanation about using myself and other reflexive pronouns correctly? Well, you are in luck. I have written about it here and here and here. Oh, and here. Yes, it’s a bit of a pet peeve. I’ve pretty much given up any hope of defeating myself abuse in the business world but I hate it so much that I can’t give up just yet.
So if you insist on referring to yourself as myself, know this: It may escape notice in the business world but elsewhere it strikes people as: A. pompous, and B. wrong, wrong, wrong.
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