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    Will17 is offline Senior Member
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    Wink himself

    Hello,

    Is this sentence correct? : "He could have chosen his new car, himself". Would it be better to use "by" himself?

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    Re: himself

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello,

    Is this sentence correct? : "He could have chosen his new car, himself". Would it be better to use "by" himself?

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    W
    Himself/by himself have two different meanings.

    He could have chosen his new car himself - this suggests that someone else chose it for him, that he had no input and was not there when it was chosen.

    He could have chosen his new car by himself - this suggests that he was probably there when it was chosen but he was not alone (by himself).

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    Re: himself

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello,

    Is this sentence correct? : "He could have chosen his new car, himself". Would it be better to use "by" himself?

    Thanks
    W
    They mean different things. "To do something yourself " means that you have done it, nobody else helped you, but you weren't necessarily alone.

    "To do something by yourself" means you were alone when you did it.

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