Is the use of reflexive form correct in the following sentences?
[i]1. He is only five years and two months older than myself.
A man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself.[/i]
I think, I would have, in the case of the first sentence, said, “I (am)” (if I wanted to sound ultra formal), or just “me”. Similarly, in the second sentence, I would have substituted “[b]she /b” or “her” for “herself”.
May I ask what you meant by that? I am not sure I understand the part that I have underlined. Is it that ‘‘me’’ and ‘‘she is’’ are the choices that come to your mind most naturaly/without giving it too much thought?
Is it wrong to use the reflexive forms this way, then? I am pretty sure I have heard native speakers use them similarly.
“Than” acts as a preposition in such as “than me” whereas as a conjunction in such as “than I” and “then I am”. “Myself” is used for emphasizing “me”. They are all correct grammatically and all ready to be called into a comfortable context.
Your understanding of the underlined part seems to be spot on, Cristina, yes.
I don’t think use of the reflexive forms is wrong - they just wouldn’t be my first instinct when speaking/writing informally.