Itself, oneself

Reply Sun 24 Feb, 2013 09:47 pm
Each student has to teach (itself/oneself/himself/herself) how to study well.

Which one is correct?
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Reply Sun 24 Feb, 2013 10:06 pm
Any of the last three are fine. The only one that clunks is 'itself'.

Politically correct writers often incorporate both himself/herself in an attempt to be more inclusive and not male biased, so the sentence could be seen written, "Each student has to teach himself/herself how to study well." But the simplest way to express the thought is to use 'oneself', thus that is my preference.
Reply Sun 24 Feb, 2013 11:54 pm
Thank you
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