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Her/Herself

Post by livinginthe1940s » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:23 pm

Microsoft Word says this sentence is incorrect:

Laurie wrapped the blanket tighter around herself, hoping to block the cold air.

"Herself" seems to be in question. Is it used correctly in this context? Or no?
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Post by glorybee » Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:39 pm

I'm not a big fan of MS Word's grammar checker. In your sentence, herself is a reflexive pronoun--it refers back to the subject of the sentence (Laurie). It's fine the way you've written it.

No grammar checkers are perfect, but I've downloaded Grammarly, and it's a much better grammar checker. Still, it makes occasional errors. You were correct to double-check with a real human (and I hope Ann will see this and agree with me).
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Post by RedBaron » Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:23 pm

The MS grammar check is a complete waste of time and memory space.
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Post by livinginthe1940s » Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:04 pm

Thanks for the help. I agree, redbaron. But I wanted to double check because you never know! :)
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Re: Her/Herself

Post by Anja » Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:36 pm

Coming late to the party.

In agreement with Shari and Jan.

What I do, when in doubt (of either the grammar checker or myself), is re-write the sentence to avoid using whatever I'm second-guessing.
Laurie wrapped the blanket tighter around herself, hoping to block the cold air.
Laurie wrapped the blanket tighter around her shoulders, hoping to block the cold air.

Laurie hunched under the blanket, pulling it tighter, hoping to block the cold air.
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Post by oursilverstrands » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:20 pm

Ann wrote:What I do, when in doubt (of either the grammar checker or myself), is re-write the sentence to avoid using whatever I'm second-guessing.
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