A new writing/speaking mistake is becoming more common. Let’s see if you recognize it. One of the following sentences makes sense. One does not.
- I repeat myself.
- The music repeats itself.
If you say something, you may “repeat yourself” by saying it a second time. In fact, if you are a musician you may repeat music that you previously played.
However, while music may repeat, the music is not doing the repeating. It is fine to say that, “The music repeats.” But it makes no sense to say that music repeats itself.