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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /hɜːˈsɛlf/, /əsɛlf/
- (General American) IPA(key): /hɝˈsɛlf/, /ɚsɛlf/
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- Rhymes: -ɛlf
- Hyphenation: her‧self
- (reflexive) Her; the female object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 17, The Mirror and the Lamp:
- This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.
- She injured herself.
- (emphatic) She; an intensive repetition of the female subject, often used to indicate the exclusiveness of that person as the only satisfier of the predicate.
- She was injured herself.
- (slang) A self-important female.
- What's herself up to this time?
(reflexive object) her
(as intensifier) she
English personal pronouns
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