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English definition of “ourselves”


pronoun     /ˌaʊəˈselvz/ /ˌɑː-/ US  /ˌaʊɚ-/
A2 used when the subject of the verb is 'we' or the speaker and one or more others , and the object is the same group of people : We went to get ourselves something to eat . John and I promised ourselves a good holiday this year .Reflexive forms formal used to emphasize the subject 'we': We ourselves realize that there are flaws in the plan .Reflexive forms (all) by ourselves alone or without help from anyone else : Nobody wanted to come with us, so we went by ourselves. It's a big garden , but we do all the gardening by ourselves. (all) to ourselves for our use only: The hotel was very quiet so we had the swimming pool all to ourselves . 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:
(Definition of ourselves pronoun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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