Do me/myself justice

00B00

Senior Member
Cantonese
Which sentence below is correct?

If I don't confront him right now, I don't think I'm doing me any justice.

If I don't confront him right now, I don't think I'm doing myself any justice.
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    When you talk about an action of yours that affects you, we use 'myself.'
    If someone else does the action, use 'me'.
     

    GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    Why is the first one wrong? Is it a grammatical error?
    English uses the reflexive form when both the actor and the recipient of the benefit of the action are the same person:

    Mary helps advance John's career by talking to the president of the company: Mary did him a real favor by talking to the president.
    John advances his own career by talking to the president of the company: John did himself a real favor by talking to the president.

    The technology company did not describe the technician in terms that really reflected his wonderful abilities: The company did not do you justice when they described you as "competent", you are really amazing!
    The technician did not describe himself in terms that reflected his wonderful abilities: You did not do yourself justice when you described yourself as "competent"; you are actually much better than that!
     
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