themselves

themselves
them|selves [ ðəm`selvz ] pronoun ***
Themselves is a reflexive pronoun, being a reflexive form of they. It can be used especially in the following ways:
as an object that refers to the same people that are the subject of the sentence or that are mentioned somewhere earlier in the sentence:
They prepared themselves for the struggle ahead.
We ask people questions about themselves.
after a plural noun or the pronoun they for emphasis:
It is the party leaders themselves who make the decisions.
1. ) used for showing that the people or things that do something are also affected by it or involved in it:
They have no weapons to defend themselves.
The Republicans are divided among themselves about how to spend the money.
The couple had been saving up to buy themselves a house.
2. ) used for referring back to a group of people already mentioned in the same sentence:
Dr. Jeffers' book should give readers a better understanding of themselves.
a ) used instead of himself or herself for referring back to a singular subject of a sentence, especially when the subject is a word such as everyone, someone, or anyone :
Everyone should just help themselves to the food.
3. ) used for emphasizing that a particular group of people are the ones you are referring to, and not any others:
The two youths died in a fire that they themselves had started.
No one knows more about crime than the criminals themselves.
a ) used for emphasizing that a particular group of people do something without help from anyone else:
The kids prepared the whole breakfast themselves.
(all) by themselves
1. ) alone:
Why were these two small children wandering around all by themselves?
people who choose to live by themselves
2. ) without any help:
It's a brilliant idea, and they thought it up all by themselves!
(all) to themselves
used for saying that a particular group of people do not have to share something with anyone else:
Mildred and Philip were able to get a table to themselves.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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