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Use the word by before the reflexive pronoun



 
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Use the word by before the reflexive pronoun #1 (permalink) Tue Oct 17, 2006 15:28 pm   Use the word by before the reflexive pronoun
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #40 "Reflexive Pronouns", question 3

The trouble was that Icarus always wanted to put ......... into danger.

(a) herself
(b) itself
(c) himself

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #40 "Reflexive Pronouns", answer 3

The trouble was that Icarus always wanted to put himself into danger.

Correct answer: (c) himself
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Is there a rule as to when you use the word by before the reflexive pronoun.

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Self #2 (permalink) Tue Oct 17, 2006 16:21 pm   Self
 

Hi,

By yourself/myself/themselves etc usually means on your/my/their own = alone. It can also mean that you did something unaided: She did it by herself.

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