- 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
- 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.
Itself is a form of "it" which is used to put emphasis on something.
a form of it, used:
- 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.
(the third person singular, neuter, personal pronoun, the reflexive form of it, masculine himself, feminine herself, plural themselves)
- (reflexive) it; A thing as the object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject
- The door closed by itself
- (emphatic) it; used to intensify the subject, especially to emphasize that it is the only participant in the predicate
- The door itself is quite heavy.
- The problem will work itself out.
- It refilled itself as if by magic.
- The wound healed itself quickly.
- The picture itself rendered her speechless.
- It repeats itself because it is the record of the choices of people.