ourselves

ourselves
[[t]aʊə(r)se̱lvz[/t]]
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(Ourselves is the first person plural reflexive pronoun.)
1) PRON-REFL: v PRON, prep PRON You use ourselves to refer to yourself and one or more other people as a group.

We sat round the fire to keep ourselves warm...

It was the first time we admitted to ourselves that we were tired.

2) PRON-REFL: v PRON, prep PRON A speaker or writer sometimes uses ourselves to refer to people in general. Ourselves is used as the object of a verb or preposition when the subject refers to the same people.

We all know that when we exert ourselves our heart rate increases.

3) PRON-REFL-EMPH (emphasis) You use ourselves to emphasize a first person plural subject. In more formal English, ourselves is sometimes used instead of `us' as the object of a verb or preposition, for emphasis.

Others are feeling just the way we ourselves would feel in the same situation...

The people who will suffer won't be people like ourselves.

4) PRON-REFL-EMPH If you say something such as `We did it ourselves', you are indicating that the people you are referring to did it, rather than anyone else.

We villagers built that ourselves, we had no help from anyone.

5) by ourselvessee by

English dictionary. 2008.

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