Look at this sentence:

 

> Alexander took a little longer to warm (himself?) up with Joseph, since his cold heart prevented *him*/ *himself*  from strangers to come inside;

Should I:

1) use "himself" in: warm (himself) up?

 

2) should I use "him" or "himself"?

 

Thanks in advance

 

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Mr O'Neil,

I prefer this:

b: Alexander took a little longer to warm up to Joseph, since his cold heart prevented him from allowing (or welcoming) strangers to come inside.

I understand that it is tempting to think of Alexander and his cold heart as the same entity, but they're not.  The only way a reflexive would work there would be if it were worded as "his cold heart prevented itself from ... ", and even then it would be extremely awkward.

DocV

Doc V posted:

Mr O'Neil,

I prefer this:

b: Alexander took a little longer to warm up to Joseph, since his cold heart prevented him from allowing (or welcoming) strangers to come inside.

I understand that it is tempting to think of Alexander and his cold heart as the same entity, but they're not.  The only way a reflexive would work there would be if it were worded as "his cold heart prevented itself from ... ", and even then it would be extremely awkward.

DocV

Many thanks.

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