1. Did the boy draw that picture himself?
2. Did the boy draw that picture by himself?
Do the above sentences in bold both mean "alone", "without help"?
Could anybody help, please?
Last edited by Barb_D; 21-Sep-2013 at 18:02.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
quoted "Some people seem to feel a big difference between "himself" and "by himself".
As a non-native speaker, I think one of the reasons is that many grammar books emphasize by myself/by yourself meaning "alone", "without help". Some only said that reflexive pronouns can be used where the subject and object are the same people.
Last edited by Winwin2011; 21-Sep-2013 at 18:15.