Before departing for Australia, students must prepare theirselves in order to avoid culture shock.
..selves. More than one ‘self’. OK, no complaints about that.
..theirselves. Now you’re being inconsistent with your object pronouns.
You guys have no problem producing the following:
And you would never write:
So why the sudden switch to possessive ‘their’?! Please use the object pronoun (him, her, them) + ‘self/selves’:
And you might think about some collocation (prepare + s.o./s.th. + for + s.th.):
Finally, we can assume that the students must prepare themselves and not other people, so strictly speaking themselves is redundant:
There is a kind of exception to the above rule. Does anybody know what it is? Comments below please!