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    Default for himself, by yourself? Are they used a lot?

    Since my grammar class, I've always learned you have to use
    for oneself - on one's own, by oneself- alone.
    1)Tom does everything for himself - on his own
    2)Tom lives by himself - alone.

    But I rarely heard native speakers say for oneself, by oneself, and they seem to use just oneself more like
    1)Tom does everything himself.
    2)Tom lives himself.

    but oneself is to emphasize one's action, so how can you differentiate emphasis and these usage if you only use oneself?

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    Default Re: for himself, by yourself? Are they used a lot?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    1)Tom does everything for himself - on his own
    2)Tom lives by himself - alone.
    3)Tom does everything himself.
    4)Tom lives himself.
    #1 = He does not need the assistance of other people.
    #2 = He lives alone.
    #3 is pretty much the same as #1
    #4 is not acceptable English.

    5. He encouraged his children to live in shared accommodation, but Tom himself lives alone. - emphasis

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