- On October 15, 2019
- Myself, Lindsay, and Mark will be on today’s call.
- The team consists of myself and two others.
- Many of us, including myself, get down to Washington, D.C. on a regular basis.
All three statements use myself incorrectly. Here’s what the speakers should have said—and why:
- Lindsay, Mark, and I will be on today’s call.
- Lindsay, Mark, and I is the subject of the sentence. I is a subject pronoun. Myself is not.
- The team consists of two others and me.
- Consist of is what’s called a phrasal verb—a verb followed by a preposition, in this case of. Me always follows prepositions, not myself.
- Many of us, including me, get down to Washington, D.C. on a regular basis.
- Including is a preposition, too, making me the correct choice.
So, when do you use myself? Much less often than you do either me or I.
Myself should be used in only two ways:
- When the action refers back to the subject, for example, I see myself in the mirror. (Hint: you see yourself in the mirror’s reflection, and myself, like yourself, is a reflexive pronoun.)
- When you want to add some emphasis, for example, I, myself, come up with the ideas for this post—and sometimes it’s a challenge!