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Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.

a. himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
b. him from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
c. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
d. himself from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
e. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasizing the Senate career of the candidate.

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Please explain your answers, esp when to use him vs himself ...much appreciated!!
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Re: Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate [#permalink]

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07 Jul 2008, 19:02
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.

a. himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
b. him from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
c. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
d. himself from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
e. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasizing the Senate career of the candidate.

Please explain your answers, esp when to use him vs himself ...much appreciated!!

1. "him" can not refer to "Hubert Humphrey's", so I rule out B, C and E
2. D wrong because "attempt...were"
3. A for me.
4. Wait to see others explain something about rule of "himself"
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Re: Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate [#permalink]

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07 Jul 2008, 21:22
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.

a. himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
b. him from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
c. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
d. himself from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
e. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasizing the Senate career of the candidate.

Please explain your answers, esp when to use him vs himself ...much appreciated!!

B,D are ouot Sub-verb agreement
c,E are out him should be himself.

A reflexive pronoun refers back to the subject of a sentence. himself is correct usage here.
also him(Object pronoun) Cannot refer back to possessive Noun.
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07 Jul 2008, 21:52
Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.

a. himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
b. him from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
c. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
d. himself from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
e. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasizing the Senate career of the candidate.

(B),(C) and (E) are eliminated since him here is not the correct usage as per the given context.

between (A) and (D) i go for (A) since attemp should be followed by "was" and not "were"
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Re: Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate [#permalink]

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08 Jul 2008, 11:21
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.

a. himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
b. him from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
c. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
d. himself from the Johnson foreign policies were built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career.
e. him from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasizing the Senate career of the candidate.

Please explain your answers, esp when to use him vs himself ...much appreciated!!

This SC is testing use of refexive and possessive pronouns.
We need a reflexive pronoun " himself" to associate the action "dissociate" with the subject.
=>him - B,C,E ->OUT

attempt - was
were -C->out

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Relfexive Pronoun Use [#permalink]

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29 May 2014, 15:04
Hello! I know reflexive pronouns refer back to the subject of the sentence, so why is the first sentence right? Isn't the subject his "attempt," not Hurbert himself?

"Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career."

It seems like the first of the below should be right given that the subject is "Kyle's actions," not kyle. But then it seems that this is not in line with the first sentence, which I believe is from Kaplan.

"Kyle's actions reflect poorly on him" vs. "Kyle's actions reflect poorly on himself"

If someone could clear this up I would be very appreciative!!

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Re: Relfexive Pronoun Use [#permalink]

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30 May 2014, 14:31
Take your sentence and break it down

"Hubert Humphrey's attempt in his campaign to dissociate himself from the Johnson foreign policies was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career."

Your second sentence seems to be merely a difference between "him" and "himself" -- "himself" added to clarify that the reference point is the same person.
"Kyle's actions reflect poorly on him" vs. "Kyle's actions reflect poorly on himself"
"Hubert Humphrey's attempt [in his campaign to do X...] was built around emphasis on Humphrey's Senate career."

So if you take out the "details" of the sentence, you're left with

"His attempt was built around Y" -- which is a valid sentence structure.

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Re: Relfexive Pronoun Use [#permalink]

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30 May 2014, 14:42
I think I understand, but just to clarify: the sentence that I created with "Kyle" needs a "himself" even though the subject is "Kyle actions"?

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Re: Relfexive Pronoun Use [#permalink]

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30 May 2014, 14:43
For example, "the cat groomed itself" and the "cat" is clearly the subject.

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27 Jun 2017, 19:25
How have we taken attempt as subject . Can someone explain.

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