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Thread: (by) Myself

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    (by) Myself

    As a non-English native, it is difficult for me to diffentiate between them.
    Could you please give me a helping hand?

    I know it's not much of a present but I made it myself.
    I know it's not much of a present but I made it by myself /on my own.

    Thank you very much indeed.

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    Re: (by) Myself

    There is not much of a difference.

    I made it myself -- this is personal, I was the one who did it, I made the choices, did the labor, etc.

    I made it by myself -- no one helped me.

    There is a lot of overlap.

    A child who gives you something an adult helped with might say the first, while an effort that was entirely without adult assistance might lead to the second.
    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.


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