reflexive ourself?

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reflexive ourself?

Post by googl » Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:38 am

Dear Alan,

I found a word "ourself" in a dictionary. It was written that it is a reflexive pronoun. Why not "ourselves"? ("ourselves" was too, so it is not a typo)

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Post by Alan » Fri Oct 08, 2004 4:10 am

It exists, but is very rare, effectively being usable only by a monarch employing the so-called royal 'we', who might say e.g. 'We wish for good fortune both for our country and for OURSELF'.

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