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THE PARTS OF SPEECH [ ? ]
MISUSED ENGLISH WORDS
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Compound Personal Pronouns
We form the compound personal pronouns in the nominative and objective cases by adding "self" to the singular, and adding "selves" to the plural of personal pronouns:
NOTE Be careful never to use the forms, hisself, theirself, theirselves. These words do not exist!
You can use compound personal pronouns with or without personal pronouns to add emphasis:
EX. I, myself, will go.
EX. You told me, yourself.
EX. Brian himself did the work.
To add emphasis in the possessive, singular or plural, add the word "own" to the simple pronoun:
EX. Is this your own creation?
EX. It is my very own.
EX. Whoever comes will be welcome.
This sentence equals"We will welcome anyone who comes."
Whoever is subject of the verb comes; the subject of the verb will be welcome is he understood. He is antecedent to the relative whoever placed after it.
EX. Whoever broke the plate (he) was careless.
EX. Whoever planted that tree (he) did a service to humanity.
EX. Whoever comes in at the door (he) must lock it.
Whatever and whichever are also compound relatives.
EX. Whatever happens do not fail to return the car.
EX. Take whichever fits best.
EX. I will give you whichever you choose.
EX. I will believe whatever you say.
NOTE Whatever means anything at all; but whichever means any of a number.
Who-so-ever, what-so-ever and which-so-ever are other forms of the compound relative pronoun.
EX. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
"As" when preceded by "such" or "same" is a relative pronoun.
EX. She lives in the same city as you do.
EX. If I could write such novels as you do I should like to write romance and paranormal.
NOTE Same is sometimes followed by the relative pronoun that or which in place of as.
EX. She lives in the same city that (or which) you live in.