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    Hi

    Iíll just check it out (by) myself.

    --- I suppose "by" is optional, right?

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    Re: by

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Iíll just check it out (by) myself.

    --- I suppose "by" is optional, right?
    Yes it is. Although, 'by my self' means alone, "I'll check it out myself" means that I will check it personally but not necessarily alone.

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    Re: by

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Although, 'by my self' means alone, "I'll check it out myself" means that I will check it personally but not necessarily alone.
    Hi

    I didn't know that there is such a difference.

    So if I say: I did it by myself and I did it myself - the 1st one means that I did it personally and alone (no one helped me) and the 2nd one that I did it personally, but maybe someone helped me?

    cheers

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    Re: by

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I didn't know that there is such a difference.

    So if I say: I did it by myself and I did it myself - the 1st one means that I did it personally and alone (no one helped me) and the 2nd one that I did it personally, but maybe someone helped me?

    cheers
    Yes, that's possible.
    If you're talking to a lazy co-worker about getting some overdue work done, you can say "Never mind, I did it myself" - even if you got your wife to help you. What it means is that the lazy co-worker doesn't have to worry about it, because you've done it.

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