Meaning of HERSELF in English

HERSELF

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

Note: 'Herself' is a third person singular reflexive pronoun. 'Herself' is used when the object of a verb or preposition refers to the same person as the subject of the verb, except in meaning 3.

1.

You use ~ to refer to a woman, girl, or female animal.

She let ~ out of the room...

Jennifer believes she will move out on her own when she is financially able to support ~...

Robin didn’t feel good about ~.

PRON: v PRON, prep PRON

2.

In written English, ~ is sometimes used to refer to a person without saying whether that person is a man or a woman. Some people dislike this use and prefer to use ‘himself or ~’ or ‘themselves’.

How can anyone blame her for actions for which she feels ~ to be in no way responsible?

PRON

3.

Herself is sometimes used to refer to a country or nation. (FORMAL or WRITTEN)

Britain’s dream of ~ began to fade.

PRON

4.

You use ~ to emphasize the person or thing that you are referring to. Herself is sometimes used instead of ‘her’ as the object of a verb or preposition.

She’s so beautiful ~...

She ~ was not a keen gardener.

PRON emphasis

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