Oneself vs. Yourself

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A person's self: general form of himself, herself or yourself.

‘Teaching oneself to swim can be dangerous.’;


(reflexive pronoun) Your own self (singular).

‘Be careful with that fire or you'll burn yourself.’;


A reflexive form of the indefinite pronoun one. Commonly written as two words, one's self.

‘One's self (or more properly oneself), is quite a modern form. In Elizabethan English we find a man's self = one's self.’;


You (singular); used emphatically, especially to indicate exclusiveness of the referent's participation in the predicate, i.e., that no one else is involved.

‘You yourself know that what you wrote was wrong.’; ‘After a good night's sleep you'll feel like yourself again.’;


An emphasized or reflexive form of the pronoun of the second person; - used as a subject commonly with you; as, you yourself shall see it; also, alone in the predicate, either in the nominative or objective case; as, you have injured yourself.

‘Of which right now ye han yourselve heard.’; ‘If yourselves are old, make it your cause.’; ‘Why should you be so cruel to yourself ?’; ‘The religious movement which you yourself, as well as I, so faithfully followed from first to last.’;


used to refer to the person being addressed as the object of a verb or preposition when they are also the subject of the clause

‘help yourselves, boys’; ‘see for yourself’;



you personally (used to emphasize the person being addressed)

‘you're going to have to do it yourself’;

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