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English definition of “herself”

herself

pronoun     /hɜːˈself/ US  /hɝː-/
A2 used to refer to a female object of a verb , that is the same person or animal as the subject of the verb : She kept telling herself that nothing was wrong . My mother would worry herself to death if she knew what I was doing.Reflexive forms B2 used to emphasize a particular woman, girl , or female animal : She decorated the cake herself. She herself admitted that it was wrong .Reflexive forms (all) by herself A2 If a woman or girl does something by herself, she does it alone or without help from anyone else : She lives by herself in an enormous house . Holly's only three but she wrote her name all by herself.Reflexive formsAloneSeparateness and isolation in space (all) to herself for her use only: Mum's got the house to herself this weekend .Single, double and multiple not be/seem/feel herself not to be, seem , or feel as happy or healthy as usual : Is Michelle all right ? She doesn't seem quite herself at the moment .Reflexive forms in herself UK informal used when describing or asking about a woman's state of mind when she is physically ill : I know she's got back trouble but how is she in herself?Feelings - general words Grammar:Pronouns: reflexive (myself, themselves, etc.)Reflexive pronouns end in -self or -selves. They refer back to the subject forms of personal pronouns (underlined in the example below):Grammar:Reflexive pronouns for same subject and objectWe often use reflexive pronouns when the subject and the object of the verb refer to the same person or thing:Grammar:Reflexive pronouns for emphasisWe can use reflexive pronouns for emphasis:Grammar:Reflexive pronouns + by meaning aloneWe often use reflexive pronouns with by to mean ‘alone’ or ‘without any help’:Grammar:Reflexive pronouns for politenessWe sometimes use reflexive pronouns instead of personal pronouns for politeness, but not as the subject of a clause:
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