- our|selves [ aur`selvz ] pronoun ***Ourselves is a reflexive pronoun, being the reflexive form of we. It can be used especially in the following ways:as an object that refers to the same people who are the subject of the sentence or who are mentioned somewhere earlier in the sentence:We all enjoyed ourselves.He asked us some questions about ourselves.after we for emphasis:We ourselves have to make these decisions.1. ) used for showing that both you and a group you are a part of are affected by or involved in an action that you do together:We kept ourselves awake by playing card games.We will defend ourselves with all our strength.Our prayers were for ourselves and our families.2. ) used for referring to yourself and a group you are a part of, when you have already been mentioned in the same sentence:The training program will give us a better understanding of ourselves.3. ) used for emphasizing that you are referring to yourself and the group you are a part of, and not anyone else:Because we ourselves are Italian, we know what Italian cooking should be.a ) used for emphasizing that you and the group you are a part of do something without help from anyone else:If you won't help us, we'll do it ourselves.4. ) used instead of us when you are trying to be polite. Many people consider this use incorrect:One copy of the document should be returned to ourselves.(all) by ourselves1. ) alone:We had dinner by ourselves in our hotel room.2. ) without help from anyone:We knew that we couldn't organize such a big event all by ourselves.(all) to ourselvesused for saying that you and someone else do not have to share something with other people:Freddy's folks were away, so we had the place all to ourselves.Now that we've both retired, we have more time to ourselves.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.