- Itself is a form of "it" which is used to put emphasis on something.
- An example of itself is a self cleaning oven; the oven cleans itself.
- An example of itself is a dog scratching their back until it bled; the dog scatched itself.
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a form of it, used:
- as an intensifier: the work itself is easy
- as a reflexive: the dog bit itself
- with the meaning “its real, true, or normal self” [the bird is not itself today]: in this construction, it functions as an adjective and self as a noun; when they are separated, the form its is used: its own sweet self
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- That one identical with it:a. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the object of a preposition: The cat scratched itself.b. Used for emphasis: The trouble is in the machine itself.c. Used in an absolute construction: Itself no great poem, it still reveals talent.
- Its normal or healthy condition or state: The car is acting itself again since we changed the oil.