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Google it by yourself OR yourself. (Reflexive pronouns) Options
A cooperator
Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018 7:57:24 PM

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Hi everyone!
AFAIK, "By oneself"("By myself"/"by yourself" etc means 'alone, without copmany', 'without help'.
Google it by yourself
I'm studying English by myself.
Do you need help? ~ No, thanks. I can do it by myself.
I often like to spend time by myself.


However, I see some persons saying, for instance,
You can google it yourself.
Google it yourself.

Whoever doesn't own what he promises to those who do not deserve must not promise it.
Fyfardens
Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018 9:21:07 PM
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Google it by yourself - alone, without company, without help
Google it yourself - don't expect anybody else to do it for you
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 3:43:49 AM

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Yes - "---self" after an imperative (an order or instruction) is sometimes used to stress who should comply.

"Help yourself." ("Yourself" is the object of "help".)
"Tell him to control himself." ("Himself" is the object of "control".)
"Do it yourself!" ("It" is the object of "do". "Yourself" is an intensifier.)
"Get him to do it himself!" ("It" is the object of "do". "Himself" is an intensifier.)

It is different from 'by yourself' - though the "without help" meaning of "by yourself" can be a milder form of the intensifier "yourself".


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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