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It's better to enjoy yourself when you're young rather than wasting time worrying about the future.
It's better to enjoy yourself when you're young than to waste time worrying about the future.

Don't mix one form of the verb with another. If the first verb in a comparison is in the infinitive, the second must also be in the infinitive.

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They fell down and hurt themselves.
They fell down and hurt theirselves.

The reflexive pronouns, third person, are himself and themselves, and not hisself and theirselves.

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A friend of his told us the news.
A friend of him told us the news,

We use the double genitive (of + name + 's, his, mine etc) when we want to emphasise the person who possesses rather than the thing which he possesses. A friend of his is simply another way of saying one of his friends.

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He played well yesterday, isn't it?
He played well yesterday, didn't he?

Use the question phrase isn't it only when the preceding statement contains the word is: It is a hot day, isn't it?

In this form of question, use the same tense and person as in the preceding statement and use the correct auxiliary. If, however, the preceding statement is in the negative form, the question phrase omits not. We say:
1. They are on holiday, aren't they?
    They aren't on holiday, are they?
2. You speak English, don't you?
    You don't speak French; do you?

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She is one of the nicest girls I know.
She is from the nicest girls I know.

Avoid using from in the sense of one of or among.

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