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English

Pronunciation

the English reflexive pronouns
singular
1st myself
2nd yourself, thyself
3rd himself/herself/itself/oneself
plural
1st ourselves
2nd yourselves, thyselves
3rd themselves

Pronoun

themselves personal pronoun

  1. (the reflexive case of they, the third-person plural personal pronoun) The people previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition, where the people are also the subject of the verb; also used for emphasis.
    (reflexively): They’ve hurt themselves.
    (after a preposition): They fought among themselves.
    (for emphasis): They are going to try climbing Mount Everest themselves.
  2. The person of unspecified gender previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition, where the person is also the subject of the verb; also used for emphasis.
    (reflexively): Would whoever stole my phone please make themselves known.
    (after a preposition): They’ve brought this on themselves.
    (for emphasis): The children did this themselves.

Usage notes

  • For notes on the usage referring to a person of unspecified gender, see the usage notes for they.

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