|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@...>
> > 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?