When the object and the subject refer to the same person or thing, the direct object is a ‘reflexive‘ pronoun.


The verb ‘assert’ is C1 in the English Vocabulary Profile:  [T] FORMAL to say that something is certainly true ‘assert yourself’ is C2: to behave or speak in a strong, confident way For example: Bright Side Of The Sun The Suns began to assert themselves midway through the fourth.       or ‘assert your authority/control/independence, etc.’ is also C2: to do something …

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VERB + myself | yourself | himself | itself | herself

And it‘s not because you‘re not smart enough,  it‘s simply that you don’t apply yourself. Another Woman The reflexive pronoun “yourself” is used as the direct object of the verb “apply.” The verb “apply” means “to use or put something to a particular purpose.” In the sentence, the speaker is telling the listener to use their own efforts or abilities to achieve a goal. …

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As for myself

Point 119 in PRONOUNS/reflexive is defined as: ‘as for myself’ as a discourse marker to introduce or focus on a personal opinion. FOR EXAMPLE: As for myself, I have some ideas about where we went wrong this time, and one day I may call on you once more. listen     TechRaptor As for myself, I am an artist in the loosest possible definition of the word; that is to say, I make art. 16 Dec 2020 A search in iWeb corpus for: . As …

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preposition + plural reflexive

Plural reflexive pronouns are used when the subject of the sentence is plural. For example, in the sentence “The children played by themselves,” the plural reflexive pronoun “themselves” refers back to the subject “children.”
Prepositions are words that show the relationship between a noun or pronoun and another word in the sentence. For example, in the sentence “The children played by themselves,” the preposition “by” shows the relationship between the noun “children” and the pronoun “themselves.”

by itself

Point 77 in the category of PRONOUNS is defined as: the reflexive pronoun ‘itself’ with ‘by’ to mean alone or without any help. collocates 4 spaces either side of ‘by itself’ in iWeb include: 1 ENOUGH 1922 2 CLASS 1155 3 SUFFICIENT 780 4 STAND 558 1416 5 MULTIPLIED 455 6 STANDS 366 7 MULTIPLY …

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In the English Grammar Profile, B2 point 75 in the category of PRONOUNS is defined as: the plural reflexive pronoun ‘yourselves’ for politeness. The three examples in the EGP include a preposition before ‘yourselves’.  And reflexive pronouns after a preposition are generally B2 already under other criteria. A search in NOW corpus for: * * …

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A search in iWeb for the word “ONE” shows us 6 different tags. 1 ONE (MC1) 24583449 (number) 1  . ONE OF THE 217127 2  THIS IS ONE OF THE 109499 3  TO BE ONE OF THE 88041 4  IT IS ONE OF THE 66555 5  IT ‘S ONE OF THE 42852 It‘s one of the worst crimes of …

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