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  1. Cap1034
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    What does this "oneself" mean here?

    This sad story will, by itself, make you depressed.

    What nuance does this "by itself" add?

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    Re: What does this "oneself" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesmorgan View Post
    This sad story will, by itself, make you depressed.

    What nuance does this "by itself" add?
    Is the question about "oneself" or "by its self"?

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    The latter, sir.

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    Re: What does this "oneself" mean here?

    I am not a teacher.

    "By itself" means on its own, without any help from anything else.

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    Re: What does this "oneself" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    "By itself" means on its own, without any help from anything else.
    It does, but it is a bit strange as stories normally work alone.

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    Re: What does this "oneself" mean here?

    Perhaps it means, "Without the need for any mood music to cue your emotions".

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    Re: What does this "oneself" mean here?

    Or knowing the background of the people, or having a similar situation happen to you, or be in a down mood yourself to start with.
    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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    Re: What does this "oneself" mean here?

    So it means "This story alone will make you sad?

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    Re: What does this "oneself" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cap1034 View Post
    So it means "This story alone will make you sad?”
    Sort of. However, using "alone" makes it sound as if the story is the only thing that will ever make you sad (in your entire life). That is very unlikely. With other information, "alone" would work.

    The music is emotive. The cinematography really captures the imagination. However, the story alone will move you to tears".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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