Reflexive pronouns are myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, oneself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves.
- I cut myself shaving this morning. (NOT I cut me . . .)
We got out of the river and dried ourselves (NOT . . . -dried us.)
Why’s she talking to herself?
We do not usually use reflexive pronouns with wash, dress or shave.
- Do you shave on Sundays?(NOT . . . shave yourself . . .)
After prepositions, we use personal pronouns instead of reflexives when
it is clear which person we are talking about.
- She took her dog with her. (NOT . . . with herself .)
- It’s quicker if you do it yourself.
The manager spoke to me himself.
The house itself is nice, but the garden’s very small.
- I often like to spend time by myself.
b. ‘without help’
- ‘Can I help you?’ ‘No, thanks. I can do it by myself.’