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    The baby can't breath himself or by himself

    Hi,

    The baby can't breath himself.
    The baby can't breath by himself.

    Which one of the two of my examples is correct? I have picked it up from one's thread here. I, sometimes, find difficulty to understand the terms "myself and by myself". In addition, I can see we use like "I will go myself", but mostly I have problem with the term "by myself". I would be grateful if you would clarify it to me with examples.

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    Re: The baby can't breath himself or by himself

    Neither is correct. The correct verb is "breathe". I would use "by himself". This means he can't do it without help.

    "I will go myself" means instead of sending someone else.
    "I will go by myself" means alone, without anybody else.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Sep-2014 at 19:07. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Re: The baby can't breath himself or by himself

    And if you write 'breath' but mean the verb, there's a good chance that you say it wrong as well.

    breath [noun] -> /e/
    breathe [verb] -> /i:/

    The difference in vowel length also affects the final consonant: /breθ/ versus /bri:­/.

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    Last edited by BobK; 02-Sep-2014 at 20:59. Reason: Added bit about final fricative

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    Re: The baby can't breath himself or by himself

    Ops! Sorry, I misspelled it. And of-course I know the difference in pronunciation of the both as well. With Mike's explanation, I could understand it.

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    Re: The baby can't breath himself or by himself

    You may know, but there are other people in this forum.

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