Common mistake 'ourself'

Common Mistake: 'Ourself'

One of the most common grammatical mistakes made in the English language is the use of the word 'ourself' instead of 'ourselves'. This non-standard term is not widely accepted and is often considered incorrect usage.

Let's take a closer look at why 'ourself' is a mistake and how to properly use 'ourselves' in sentences.

Understanding the Error

The error arises when using a reflexive pronoun in the first-person plural. The correct reflexive pronoun for this form is 'ourselves', not 'ourself'.

Here are a few examples to illustrate the correct usage:

  • Incorrect: We should take care of ourself.
  • Correct: We should take care of ourselves.

Why Use 'Ourselves'?

Reflexive pronouns like 'ourselves' are used when the subject and the object of a sentence are the same. They add emphasis and indicate that the action is being performed by the subject onto itself.

For example:

  • They made the decision themselves.
  • We should be proud of ourselves.

Using Linguix Grammar Checker

Linguix Grammar Checker is an excellent tool to help identify and correct grammar mistakes like using 'ourself' instead of 'ourselves'. It provides suggestions and recommendations to improve your writing, ensuring that your grammar is accurate.

By using the correct reflexive pronoun 'ourselves' instead of 'ourself', you can ensure that your writing sounds professional, clear, and concise.

'ourself' mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    We witnessed ourself at Southampton this thirteenth day of October.

    We witnessed ourselves at Southampton this thirteenth day of October.

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