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themselves (personal pronoun)
- The reflexive case of they, the third-person plural personal pronoun. The group of people, animals, or objects previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition (also used for emphasis).
- (reflexively): They’ve hurt themselves.
- (after a preposition): They fought among themselves.
- (for emphasis): They are going to try climbing Mount Everest themselves.
- The reflexive case of they, the third-person singular personal pronoun. The single person previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition (also used for emphasis).
- (reflexively): Would whoever stole my phone please make themselves known.
- (after a preposition): They’ve brought this on themselves.
- (for emphasis): The children did this themselves.
- 1611, King James Bible, Philippians 2.3:
- Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
- Regarding the use of singular themselves, see they.
English personal pronouns
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the reflexive case of they, the third-person plural personal pronoun
the persons of unspecified gender previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition
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