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themselvespronoun

uk   /ðəmˈselvz/  us   /ðəmˈselvz/
A2 used when the ​subject of the ​verb is "they" or a ​group of ​people, and the ​object is the same ​group of ​people: They ​asked themselves where they had gone ​wrong. Did the ​childrenenjoy themselves at the ​party?
used for ​emphasis when the ​subject is "they": They themselves had no ​knowledge of what was ​happening.
(all) by themselves
alone or without ​help from anyone ​else: Young ​children should not be ​left by themselves. They ​collected the ​evidence all by themselves .
(all) to themselves
for ​their use only: They had the ​wholecampsite to themselves.

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themselvespronoun [pl]

 us   /ðemˈselvz, ðəm-/
the ​people being ​spoken about, the ​reflexiveform of they: The ​girls made themselves ​sandwiches for ​lunch.
Themselves is sometimes used to ​emphasize the ​subject or ​object of a ​sentence: The ​police themselves ​apologized for ​overreacting.
(all) by themselves
If ​people do something (all) by themselves, they do it ​alone or without ​help from anyone: The ​children set up the ​tent all by themselves. They were ​left by themselves.
to themselves
If ​people have something to themselves, they have it for ​their own use only: When ​theiryoungestchild went off to ​college, they had the ​wholehouse to themselves.
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