(1) You can use the word myself when "you" are doing something to "you" (e.g., I hate myself. I asked myself a question.)|
(In this role, the word myself is called a reflexive pronoun.)
(2) You can use the word myself for emphasis (e.g., I did it myself.)
(In this role, the word myself is called an emphatic pronoun.)
These are the only times, you can use myself. Do not use myself because you think it sounds more formal or polite (e.g., Please contact myself if you have any questions. )
Me or Myself?The word myself is a pronoun. It can be either an emphatic pronoun or reflexive pronoun. That is easier to understand than you might think. For example:
Emphatic and Reflexive PronounsMyself, yourself, herself, himself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves are all pronouns. They can be either emphatic pronouns or reflexive pronouns.
Emphatic PronounsWhen used for emphasis, they are called emphatic pronouns.
Reflexive PronounsIn most sentences, somebody does something to someone else. For example:
DON'T USE MYSELF TO BE POLITE
The most common mistake is using a reflexive pronoun when the subject of the verb is not doing something to itself. For example: