Learn English – When referring to an inanimate object, is the use of “itself” proper


I'm describing how to use M$ remote desktop in an email with the sentence below.

"You can use any software or hardware attached to that computer as if you were sitting at the machine itself."

The use of "itself" seems incorrect. Granted, I could end the sentence at "machine", but is there a more suitable pronoun?

Best Answer

Your usage of "itself" in this sentence is correct. You have used it as an emphatic pronoun, which serves to bring attention to the noun it follows. Since "machine" would be correctly referenced by the pronoun "it," the appropriate emphatic pronoun is "itself."

More reading: http://www.englishpractice.com/improve/reflexive-emphatic-pronouns/