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pronoun strongherself pronunciation in British English /hə(r)ˈself/ weakherself pronunciation in British English /ə(r)ˈself/
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Herself is a reflexive pronoun, being the reflexive form of she. It is used especially in the following ways:
as an object that refers to the same female who is the subject of the sentence or who is mentioned somewhere earlier in the sentence: She looked at herself in the mirror.I sent her a photograph of herself.
after a singular noun or the pronoun ‘she’ for emphasis: The Queen herself will be present.
  1. 1
    used for showing that the woman, girl, or female animal that does something is also affected by her action or is involved in it
    Lizzie had locked herself in the bathroom.
    She was humming a little tune to herself.
  2. 2
    used for referring to a woman, girl, or female animal already mentioned in the sentence
    He asked her questions about herself and her family.
    She knew that everyone had been invited except herself.
  3. 3
    used for emphasizing that you are referring to a particular woman, girl, or female animal and not to anyone else
    It was Christina herself who told me that she was unhappy.
    She sympathized with these poor people because of the way she herself had suffered.


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