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Post by Tukanja » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:51 pm

Which of these are correct ones?

Have the children paid for it themselves?
Have the children paid for it by themselves?

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Post by Joe » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:23 am

Both are possible but the 1st is more idiomatic.

Are you sure you don't mean:
Did the children pay for it themselves?

(It seems difficult to imagine a context where the present perfect would be used for this question, though perhaps you have an example.)

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Post by Tukanja » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:09 pm

A CGE book by RC and MMcC .
Page 384
Pronouns.
Reflexive pronouns for emphasis.

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