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Do we need to add 'yourself/myself' when using 'associate' in a sentence? Does it change the meaning of the sentence? For example: 

- Don't associate with people below your standard./ I don't associate with criminals.

- Don't associate yourself with people below your standard./ I don't associate myself with criminals. 

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Hi, Ashraful,

- Don't associate with people below your standard./ I don't associate with criminals.

- Don't associate yourself with people below your standard./ I don't associate myself with criminals. 

The verb "associate" (just like others of similar meaning like connect or relate) can be transitive or intransitive. In this dictionary we can find its different uses. When transitive, apart from using "associate oneself with" we can use the passive form "be associated with" to refer to the state after association. "associate oneself with" can also be used to mean "adhere to" or "support."

Hi, Ashraful,

The verb "associate" (just like others of similar meaning like connect or relate) can be transitive or intransitive. In this dictionary we can find its different uses. When transitive, apart from using "associate oneself with" we can use the passive form "be associated with" to refer to the state after association. "associate oneself with" can also be used to mean "adhere to" or "support."

Thank you very much for the answer. This is what I understand so far:

- Associate yourself with something= you support and agree with it.

- Associate with something= to be together with another person or group as friends, partners, etc.

If I got it right. Please let me know if the following is correct:

- Don't associate with people below your standard./ I don't associate with criminals.= Be friends/partners with.

- Don't associate yourself with people below your standard./ I don't associate myself with criminals.= Agree with.

And in my opinion the meanings of both the sentences remain the same in both versions. Please correct me if I'm mistaken. 

- Associate yourself with something= you support and agree with it.

- Associate with something= to be together with another person or group as friends, partners, etc.

If I got it right. Please let me know if the following is correct:

- Don't associate with people below your standard./ I don't associate with criminals.= Be friends/partners with.

- Don't associate yourself with people below your standard./ I don't associate myself with criminals.= Agree with.

What I said is that "associate oneself with" can also be used to mean "adhere to" or "support" (and this is when the object is not a person but a thing, as you can see in the examples), so the sentences above, using "associate (oneself) with somebody," mean the same thing.

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