yourself */*/*/

UK [jə(r)ˈself] / US [jʊrˈself] / US [jɔrˈself] pronoun
Word forms "yourself":
plural yourselves UK [jə(r)ˈselvz] / US [jʊrˈselvz] / US [jɔrˈselvz]
Summary:

Yourself and yourselves are reflexive pronouns, being the reflexive forms of you. They can be used in the following ways: - as an object that refers to the person or people who are the subject of the sentence or who are mentioned somewhere earlier in the sentence: Are you bringing the children up by yourself? You have to have some respect for yourself. Did he give you a picture of yourself? - as an object of verbs in the imperative form: Take care of yourselves. Enjoy yourselves. - after "you" for emphasis: Only you yourself can be sure. You can bake the pie yourself.
1) used for showing that the person or people you are talking or writing to are affected by or involved in an action that they do

Remember you're not just representing yourself but the whole school.

That's something you will have to work out for yourself.

Don't make a fool of yourself.

Did you hurt yourself?

You should consider yourselves very fortunate that no one was hurt.

2) used for referring back to the person or people who you are talking or writing to when they have already been mentioned in the sentence

I'll give you a little time to get yourself comfortable.

3)
a) used with "you" for emphasizing that you mean the person or people who you are talking or writing to and no one else

Ask how you yourself would like to be treated in a similar situation.

b) used for emphasizing that the person or people who you are talking or writing to must do something without help from anyone else

You'll have to fill out the forms yourselves.

4) used instead of "you" in order to be formal or polite, although many people feel this is incorrect

Someone like yourself would be a suitable buyer for the property.

My lawyer will be referring the matter to yourselves.

(all) by yourself — without help from anyone else; alone

Did you paint the room all by yourself?

I'm sure you like to be by yourself sometimes.

(all) to yourself — for you alone and no one else

You have the house to yourself until five o'clock.

be/feel/look etc yourself — to be or appear to be in your normal mental or physical state

Take a rest – you're not quite yourself today.


English dictionary. 2014.

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