yourself

[[t]jɔː(r)se̱lf, jʊə(r)-[/t]]
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yourselves
(Yourself is the second person reflexive pronoun.)
1) PRON-REFL: v PRON, prep PRON A speaker or writer uses yourself to refer to the person that they are talking or writing to. Yourself is used when the object of a verb or preposition refers to the same person as the subject of the verb.

Have the courage to be honest with yourself and about yourself...

Your baby depends on you to look after yourself properly while you are pregnant...

Treat yourselves to a glass of wine to help you relax at the end of the day.

2) PRON-REFL-EMPH (emphasis) You use yourself to emphasize the person that you are referring to.

They mean to share the business between them, after you yourself are gone, Sir...

I've been wondering if you yourselves have any idea why she came.

3) PRON-REFL-EMPH: v PRON, prep PRON (politeness) You use yourself instead of `you' for emphasis or in order to be more polite when `you' is the object of a verb or preposition.
by yourselfsee by

A wealthy man like yourself is bound to make an enemy or two along the way...

I wouldn't want to cause such important people as yourselves any bother.


English dictionary. 2008.

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