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Hello,

After checking Michael Swann's book and the internet I am still not sure why the pronoun me is correct in the sentence below, and whymyself can't be used.   (it refers to a computer)

I can take it with me.

I can take it with myself.

Of course ,myself sounds unnatural, but is there a rule  at play here?

How can I explain this to a person I volunteer with?

Thank you for your help. Appreciated as always.

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Hi, Mrchuffie,

These two threads are among my favorites as far as the use of reflexive pronouns is concerned: one thread and another thread.

@Mrchuffie posted:

After checking Michael Swan's book and the internet I am still not sure why the pronoun me is correct in the sentence below, and why myself can't be used.   (it refers to a computer)

I can take it with me.

I can take it with myself.

Of course, myself sounds unnatural, but is there a rule  at play here?

As explained in the threads mentioned at the beginning, the verb phrase "take something with (the subject)" does not form a lexical unit and, as a result, what comes after the preposition will not be a reflexive pronoun even if it refers to the subject. The same thing happens with similar verb phrases like bring something with (the subject).

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