Do you know the difference between my, mine and myself?
First, let’s start with my and mine. These are both possessive.
You use my before the noun and mine after the noun.
This is my pencil.
This pencil is mine.
This is my cat.
This cat is mine.
This is my house.
This house is mine.
This is my phone.
This phone is mine.
Do you see the pattern? Think of it like this…my and mine. My and mine. Say it over and over…that’s the order in the sentence.
Now, let’s talk about myself. Myself is a reflexive pronoun. We are referring to ourselves. It’s hard to think of examples, which makes me think we don’t use this very often.
I bathed myself
I cut myself when I was cutting the carrots.
I cut myself while shaving.
I gave myself a makeover. (It means I changed my makeup and hairstyle)
The other way we can use “myself” is to emphasize something either because you are mad, because you are proud. (Little kids say this a lot.) or just that you want to emphasize that you are going to do something alone-that you don’t need help.
Mommy, I tied my shoes by myself! (I’m proud)
Mom, I made my lunch myself! (I’m proud)
I baked this cake myself! (I did it alone, I didn’t need help. I’m proud)
I’ll choose the present for our mother myself then! (Mad-the other person doesn’t want to help you)
**By myself can also mean to be alone.
I don’t like living by myself (alone); I feel lonely frequently.
I made these lists because all of the other lists seemed to just confuse my students into thinking there is a “right” way or organized way to learn make and do and really, there isn’t. So, I created these lists.