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Olena
afford me or afford myself I cannot afford ________ buying that computer
Sep 12, 2019 6:33 PM
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Neither. You already said "I." So: I cannot afford to buy that computer.
September 12, 2019
Answers are for North American English. I can’t afford that computer. (most natural) I can’t afford to buy that computer. (natural) I can’t afford to buy that computer for myself. (natural) I can’t afford to buy myself that computer. (natural) I can’t afford __MY___ buying that computer. (Correct, but somewhat unnatural in North America. “... my buying" a possessive gerund phrase.) I can’t afford _____ buying that computer. (Correct, but somewhat uncommon in North American English. “... buying ..." is a gerund phrase) I can’t afford ____ buying that computer for myself. (Correct, but somewhat uncommon in North American English. “... buying ..." is a gerund phrase) I can’t afford ____ buying myself that computer. (Correct, but somewhat uncommon in North American English. “... buying ..." is a gerund phrase.) I can’t afford __MYSELF__ buying that computer. (Wrong in North American English. I can’t comment on British or Australian English.)
September 12, 2019
Hi Olena, Miguel is right about the sentence you have written. But maybe you want to say something more like “I can’t afford to buy that computer myself”, where the emphasis is that you want or need someone else’s help/money to buy it?
September 12, 2019
Depends on the full sentence. If you’re the subject and object use “myself”.
September 12, 2019
myself
September 12, 2019
Olena
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