I'm sure you've heard this expression before in movies and song lyrics, but what about
him, himself and he or her, herself and she?
Here's a quick reference sheet.
Read on for some examples of how to use them in sentences.
"She fell off her bike but she didn't hurt herself."
"He bought it himself out of his pocket money"
"We decorated the cake ourselves."
"They paid for themselves"
"She is looking at him, but he isn't looking at her."
"We are looking at them, but they aren't looking at us."
Adding the word "by" in front of myself, yourself, himself, herself, ourselves, themselves
can show that something was done alone or without the assistance of anyone else.
"I climbed the mountain by myself" (I climbed it alone)
"He is reading by himself" (he reads alone)
"She cycles to school by herself" (she cycles alone)
"Are you here by yourself" (are you here alone?)
"We walk to school by ourselves" (on our own, without parents)
"They walked to school by themselves" (the children walked to school without their parents)