Thanks go out to each of the 40 people who responded to the Me, Myself, and I challenge. The three of us don't feel so lonely now. Correct answers to the Me, Myself, and I challenge are brought to you by Marta Nelson. Explanations are from (me, myself, I).
- I went to the store to buy myself a new shirt. [Myself is the indirect object of to buy and is also reflexive because I bought it for myself.]
- The first shirt I tried on was too large for me. [Me is the object of the preposition for. No reflexive action.]
- The clerk told me that another department carried shirts the right size for people such as I [am. With comparisons, the best policy is to complete the comparison and actually add the additional words. Here I would add the verb am to clarify that I is the subject of the verb. Without the word am, it looks as if the pronoun should be me as the object of the preposition.]
- I hired myself to that department forthwith. [Myself is the reflexive pronoun with the action done by the same person who is the object of the verb.]
- No one was happier than I [was] when I found the perfect shirt. [See sentence 3.]
- I went home and congratulated myself on a successful shopping trip. [Myself is the reflexive pronoun since the direct object of the verb has the same person as its subject.]
Challenge: Fewer Versus Less
- The plant had less / fewer strawberries than we expected.
- There was less / fewer space in the garage after we parked the SUV.
- We had less / fewer money after the reinvestment.
- We had less / fewer dollars than Euros.
- Ten items or less / fewer [not a complete sentence because it is on on a sign]
- Less / Fewer people attended the play than the drama teacher had hoped for.