Are they enjoing themselves? [enjoying]

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Invornito

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Italian - Italy (Romagna)
Are they enjoying themselves? Yes, I think so.

Hi, I would like to know if I must add "themselves" at the end of the question. Perhaps you don't say: "Are they enjoying?", do you? It sounds wrong to me...

Many thanks.
 
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  • Majorbloodnock

    Senior Member
    British English
    Enjoy is a transitive verb. It must have an object. "Are they enjoying?" begs the question "What are they enjoying?". The phrase "Are they enjoying themselves" is simply saying "Are they finding enough interest amongst between them to provide themselves with enjoyment?"
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    It's enjoying... and I think you're right: it sounds wrong. Here is what we would say:

    Are you enjoying yourself?
    Are they enjoying themselves?
    Is he enjoying himself?
    Is she enjoying herself?
    Am I enjoying myself? Yes, I am, thanks.
    :)
     
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    bluegiraffe

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It's enjoying... and I think you're right: it sounds wrong...

    Are you enjoying yourself?
    Are they enjoying themselves?
    Is he enjoying himself?
    Is she enjoying herself?
    Am I enjoying myself? Yes, I am, thanks. :)
    AE/BE difference then as "enjoying yourself/myself/herself" etc are perfectly correct and widely used in BE.
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Sorry, misunderstanding. All my examples are intended to be correct. I wouldn't go to so much trouble to list wrong answers. :)
     
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