The members of the crew were themselves again after the crisis passed.
- As an intensifier.They saw it themselves.
- As a reflexive.They hurt themselves.
- With the meaning “their real, true, or normal selves” [they are not themselves today]
(reflexively): They've hurt themselves.
(after a preposition): They fought among themselves.
(for emphasis): They are going to try climbing Mount Everest themselves.
(reflexively): Would whoever stole my phone please make themselves known.
(after a preposition): They've brought this on themselves.
(for emphasis): The children did this themselves.
- Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or as the object of a preposition.Prepared themselves for the trip; gave themselves plenty of time; were left to themselves.
- Used for emphasis.The cooks themselves eat after all the guests have finished.
- Used in an absolute construction.Newcomers themselves, they knew few people at the party.
An example of themselves used as a pronoun is in the sentence, "The students were unable to look at themselves after what they did."