I buy me a coffee — The reflexive in German

When I lived in Vancouver I had a German friend who would always ask us the following question: “I’m going to buy me a coffee, would anyone else like one?”

We always tried to explain to him that English unlike German does not use the reflexive as much as German. Though in the case above one could exchange “me” with “myself” and it would be a very explicit sentence.

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