An example of ourselves is a woman saying she and her husband asked themselves if they wanted to buy a house, specifically, "We asked ourselves."
- as an intensifier: we ourselves saw it
- as a reflexive: we hurt ourselves
- with the meaning “our real, true, or normal selves” [we are not ourselves when we are upset]: in this construction our functions as an adjective and selves as a noun, and they may be separated [our own sweet selves]
Origin of ourselvesLate Middle English ure selves, for Midland ure selven, replacing us selven, literally , us selves
- Those ones identical with us.a. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the object of a preposition: We bought ourselves an espresso machine.b. Used for emphasis: We ourselves were certain of the facts.c. Used in an absolute construction: Feeling chilly ourselves, we moved the party indoors.
- Our normal or healthy condition or state: We're feeling ourselves again after our bout with the flu. See Usage Note at myself.
(second personal plural pronoun, reflexive case of we)
- (reflexive) us; the group including the speaker as the object of a verb or preposition when that group also is the subject.
- We should keep this for ourselves.
- (emphatic) we; intensifies the subject as the group including the speaker, especially to indicate that no one else satisfies the predicate.
- We did it ourselves.