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"yourself" in British English

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yourselfpronoun

uk   strong /jɔːˈself/ weak /jəˈself/ us   /jʊrˈself/ /jɚˈself/ plural yourselves
  • yourself pronoun (PERSON/PEOPLE ADDRESSED)

A2 used when the subject of the verb is "you" or the person being spoken to, and the object is the same person: Be careful with that knife or you'll cut yourself! Katie, control yourself!
A2 used for emphasis when the subject is "you": Did you make the dress yourself? You can do that yourself.
be yourself
to behave in your usual manner, rather than behaving in a way you think other people might like: The best thing you can do is to go into the interview and just be yourself.
(all) by yourself
A2 alone or without help from anyone else: I'm amazed you managed to move those boxes all by yourself. Do you like being by yourself sometimes or do you get lonely?
(all) to yourself
for your use only: So you have the whole house to yourself this weekend?
not be/seem/feel yourself
not to be, seem, or feel as happy or healthy as usual: Why don't you go home early if you're not feeling yourself?
in yourself
UK informal used when asking someone about their state of mind when they are physically ill: I know you must still be uncomfortable, but how are you in yourself?

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  • yourself pronoun (PEOPLE GENERALLY)

B2 used when both the subject and object of the verb are "you" and "you" is also being used to refer to people generally: You tell yourself everything's all right but you know it's not really.

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(Definition of yourself from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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yourselfpronoun

us   /jərˈself/ plural yourselves /jərˈselvz/
the person or people being spoken to; the reflexive form of you: Be careful with that knife or you’ll cut yourself.
Yourself is sometimes used to emphasize the subject of the sentence: Did you girls actually raise this money yourselves?
(all) by yourself
If you do something (all) by yourself, you do it alone or without help from anyone: You’re old enough to take the bus by yourself, aren’t you, Joyce?
(all) to yourself
If you have something (all) to yourself, you have it for your use only: Now that Neil and Sam are away, you’ve got the whole house to yourself.
(Definition of yourself from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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