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Hi all,


Which of the following is correct, please?

They didn’t take their mountain bikes with them.

They didn’t take their mountain bikes with themselves.


And why, please?

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anonymousThey didn’t take their mountain bikes with them.

them is the correct form. It's not themselves because "take" is a "Carry Verb". There is a small class of verbs which do not take the reflexive construction where it is expected.

For further details see carry verb

CJ

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anonymousThey didn’t take their mountain bikes with them.

This is the correct one.

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GPYThis is the correct one.

Hi,
why is the version " ... with themselves" incorrect, please?

test optywhy is the version " ... with themselves" incorrect, please?

It seems that "with" in your sentence has insufficient sense of reflexivity to trigger the use of the reflexive pronoun.

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CalifJimIt's not themselves because "take" is a "Carry Verb".

So the rule say: we can't use carry verbs (carry, bring, take, have) with reflexive pronouns, right?
If so, is there a more complete list of those specific verbs to write down as a grammar note?

test optywe can't use carry verbs (carry, bring, take, have) with reflexive pronouns, right?
... a more complete list ...

Right.

Beth Levin (English Verb Classes and Alternations) has this list and these examples:

contain, have, include, omit, bring, take, carry, drag, haul, kick, lug, schlep, tote, tow

This list includes my name on it.
Sheila brought the book with her.
Amanda carried the package with her.

CJ

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