There are times when I do not know which word (ourself/ourselves, us, theirself/theirselves/themselves/themself) to use. 

It depends on the context, but I'm still not quite sure I am using the words correctly.

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As you're talking in the plural, it has to be "ourselves" and "themselves".  Never theirselves.


(I believe that "themself" is used colloquially but it is not Standard English, so avoid.)

link comment edited Jun 13 '13 at 14:42 Michael Cranfield Expert

There is no word such as 'theirself/theirselves' it is themselves and never themself since them is already plural it is impossible to be singular. Ourselves, same explanation as above. I hope I was able to help.

link comment answered Dec 23 '15 at 23:54 Patricia New member

i've just made a mistake, i did write themself.

link comment answered Apr 21 '16 at 09:57 Janu Artana New member

There was a time when you couldn't say "yourself": "you" was plural only. Then it changed. At some point it changed for "they" as well, to convey an alternative meaning of "neuter animate" or "he or she". Then in England in the (18th?) century a great "Style Council" was called to set standards for writing official documents, and one of its many decisions was: "they" shall be plural only. Ordinary people largely ignored that then, and many still do, because it's not a law, it's a matter of style.

link comment answered Mar 07 at 00:03 John Armstrong New member

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