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I would appreciate it if you would please – how many times do I need to ask? – send the memo to John and [myself].

 

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I would appreciate it if you would please – how many times do I need to ask? – send the memo to John and [me].

 

Incorrect pronoun case:

Use the objective case, me, rather than the reflexive case, myself, when the pronoun is used as the object of a preposition or verb.

 

Tip:  To ensure you are using the correct pronoun case when using a pronoun with a proper name, try the sentence without the name.  For example, you wouldn’t say, “Please send the memo to myself,” so don’t say, “Please send the memo to John and myself.”

 

Weekly Tip

See Error Checklist for a compilation of 75 common writing errors.

For more exercises in identifying common errors,
take the M.B.A. exam and
the Punctuation and Grammar Challenges.