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Can I use him instead of himself in the following sentence?

 

He found himself surrounded by his family and friends when he came to.

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    If you change "himself" to "him", you get a different meaning to the sentence.

    With "himself", the sentence is about one man:

    He (man #1) found himself (man #1) surrounded by his (man #1) family and friends when he (man #1) came to.

    With "him", the sentence is about two men:

    He (man #1) found him (man #2) surrounded by his (man #2) family and friends when he (man #2) came to.

     

    No. If you use "him", you're suggesting there's someone else.

    Unless you had previous sentences, then it might be clear, if not then your sentence was ambigious or had two meanings . Him refers to himself or him refers to another man.

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