- Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the object of a preposition.The cat scratched itself.
- Used for emphasis.The trouble is in the machine itself.
- Used in an absolute construction.Itself no great poem, it still reveals talent.
The door closed by itself.
- 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]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.
The car is acting itself again since we changed the oil.
The door itself is quite heavy.