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pronoun British English pronunciation: themselves /ðəmˈselvz/
Themselves is a reflexive pronoun, being a reflexive form of they. It can be used especially in the following ways:
as an object that refers to the same people that are the subject of the sentence or that are mentioned somewhere earlier in the sentence: They prepared themselves for the struggle ahead.We ask people questions about themselves.
after a plural noun or the pronoun 'they' for emphasis: It is the party leaders themselves who make the decisions.
 
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    used for showing that the people or things that do something are also affected by it or involved in it

    They have no weapons to defend themselves.

    The Republicans are divided among themselves about how to spend the money.

    The couple had been saving up to buy themselves a house.

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    used for emphasizing that a particular group of people are the ones that you are referring to, and not any others

    No one knows more about crime than the criminals themselves.

    The two youths died in a fire that they themselves had started.

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