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Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves) #1 (permalink) Sun Sep 25, 2005 15:32 pm   Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves)
 

Test No. incompl/elem-40 "Reflexive Pronouns", question 10

Unfortunately Icarus went too near the sun and the wax on his wings melted and the feathers worked ......... free and he fell on the ground and died.

(a) itself
(b) yourselves
(c) themselves

Test No. incompl/elem-40 "Reflexive Pronouns", answer 10

Unfortunately Icarus went too near the sun and the wax on his wings melted and the feathers worked themselves free and he fell on the ground and died.

Correct answer: (c) themselves
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Reflexive pronouns #2 (permalink) Sun Sep 25, 2005 18:19 pm   Reflexive pronouns
 

Th subject is plural - feathers and so you need to use themselves.
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Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves) #3 (permalink) Fri Aug 15, 2008 13:54 pm   Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves)
 

Hi Marko

In the context of the test sentence, 'work (itself) free' basically means 'become unattached'.
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Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves) #4 (permalink) Fri Aug 15, 2008 14:03 pm   Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves)
 

Hi Torsten

I would like to suggest that if individual posts are moved, the responses to those posts should be moved with them.

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Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves) #5 (permalink) Fri Aug 15, 2008 14:04 pm   Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves)
 

That's sound advice, Amy. Many thanks. Torsten

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Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves) #6 (permalink) Fri Aug 15, 2008 15:25 pm   Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves)
 

Yankee wrote:
Hi Marko

In the context of the test sentence, 'work (itself) free' basically means 'become unattached'.
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I would like if I could say now that I understand, but I don't. My vocabulary is a little "limited". Can you translate it in a simpler way?
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Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves) #7 (permalink) Fri Aug 15, 2008 15:29 pm   Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves)
 

Hi Marko, "the feathers worked themselves free" means the feathers fell off. Let me know if this makes sense.
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Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves) #8 (permalink) Fri Aug 15, 2008 15:47 pm   Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves)
 

I understood what it means, but i don't understand the expression itself. I was just curious, never mind.
Thank you anyway. You too Amy.
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Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves) #9 (permalink) Tue Apr 13, 2010 15:28 pm   Reflexive pronouns (itself vs. themselves)
 

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Itself-Themselves #10 (permalink) Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:11 pm   Itself-Themselves
 

Whether that mean : itself we use in singular but themselves in plural?
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