afford with reflexive pronoun

vdora

Member
Hungarian
Hi,

Can I use 'themselves' at the end of this question or it is totally ungrammatical?

The rich can afford this servise themselves.


thanks
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    It appears to be redundant, unless it follows and contrasts with another sentence. How do you plan to use the sentence? What is "this service"? (Note the spelling of service.)
     

    lucas-sp

    Senior Member
    English - Californian
    "To afford oneself" can mean "to allow oneself" as well: "I afforded myself the pleasure of a brief moment of elation before remembering the consequences."

    "To afford [something] oneself" emphasizes that one can afford (i.e. pay for) that something all on one's own: "The rich can afford this service themselves, but the poor cannot afford it alone without a government subsidy."
     
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