yourself

your|self [ jur`self, jɔr`self ] (plural your|selves [ jur`selvz, jɔr`selvz ] ) pronoun ***
Yourself and yourselves are reflexive pronouns, being the reflexive forms of you. They can be used in the following ways:
as an object that refers to the person or people who are the subject of the sentence or who are mentioned somewhere earlier in the sentence:
Are you bringing the children up by yourself?
You have to have some respect for yourself.
Did he give you a picture of yourself?
as an object of verbs in the imperative form:
Take care of yourselves.
Enjoy yourselves.
after you for emphasis:
Only you yourself can be sure.
You can bake the pie yourself.
1. ) used for showing that the person or people you are talking or writing to are affected by or involved in an action that they do:
Remember you're not just representing yourself but the whole school.
That's something you will have to work out for yourself.
Don't make a fool of yourself.
Did you hurt yourself?
You should consider yourselves very fortunate that no one was hurt.
2. ) used for referring back to the person or people you are talking or writing to when they have already been mentioned in the sentence:
I'll give you a little time to get yourself comfortable.
3. ) used with you for emphasizing that you mean the person or people you are talking or writing to and no one else:
Ask how you yourself would like to be treated in a similar situation.
a ) used for emphasizing that the person or people you are talking or writing to must do something without help from anyone else:
You'll have to fill out the forms yourselves.
4. ) FORMAL used instead of you in order to be formal or polite, although many people feel this is incorrect:
Someone like yourself would be a suitable buyer for the property.
My lawyer will be referring the matter to yourselves.
(all) by yourself
1. ) without help from anyone else:
Did you paint the room all by yourself?
2. ) alone:
I'm sure you like to be by yourself sometimes.
(all) to yourself
for you alone and no one else:
You have the house to yourself until five o'clock.
be/feel/look, etc. yourself
to be or appear to be in your normal mental or physical state:
Take a rest you're not quite yourself today.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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