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Re: yalls's

From:nicole perrin <nicole.eap@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 21, 2000, 1:47
Steg Belsky wrote:
> > On Tue, 20 Jun 2000 01:44:11 -0400 Muke Tever <alrivera@...> > writes: > > Hmm, maybe. But I wonder if others do that? > > So, people who can have both singular and plural "they", what > > -self/-selves > > form would you use in this sentence? > > > > "If anyone calls, tell them to go f**k _________." > > > > I don't think I'm aware of a themself/theirself form. [Err... ok, > > Altavista > > gives 26353 'themself' references and 1158 'theirself' ones. But > > the first > > hits that come up are from grammar sites telling you not to use > > them...] > > > *Muke! > - > > Well, in that example i would use _themselves_, because the semantic > meaning is plural to me, maybe i'm assuming that more than one person > would call :-) . But i have used _themself_ in singular contexts....for > instance to change your example, "If the tax collector calls, tell them > to go F themself."
I would also use "themselves" in the top example (If anyone calls, tell them to go f*** themselves), but in the example Steg gave just above this, I would say it like this: If the tax collector calls, tell him to go f*** himself. Probably because if I'm talking about a specific person, I'd be more inclined to use a singular pronoun than if I were just talking about anybody, or maybe even several anybodies, you know? Nicole --