Phrases with YOURSELF
Hi English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at phrases with yourself.
Yourself is a reflexive form of the personal pronoun you. It is used as an object (you took a photo of yourself) and for emphasis (did you build the house yourself?). It is used in a lot of expressions of phrases and here is the list of the 11 phrases with yourself we will look at today:
- Be yourself
- Behave yourself
- Come to yourself
- Congratulate yourself
- Doubt yourself
- Enjoy yourself
- Express yourself
- Flatter yourself
- Get over yourself
- Help yourself
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Meaning: to behave naturally.
- Don’t pretend that you are something else than you really are. Just be yourself.
- If you want to stand out from the crowd, you have to be yourself.
Meaning: use the phrase to tell someone to act in a proper way.
- Will you stop fidgeting and behave yourself?
- Behave yourself and be quiet.
Come to yourself
Meaning: to get back to your normal state.
- You’re stressed out. Try to come to yourself before the interview.
- Having a glass of water will help you come to yourself.
Meaning: to be proud of yourself for being successful at something.
- You should congratulate yourself on a well-done job!
- It was a great presentation. You can congratulate yourself.
Meaning: to do or make something by yourself rather than pay someone to do it for you. The short form is DIY.
- Roberta is a do-it-yourself enthusiast. He prefers making things by herself to buying them.
- My neighbour’s favourite pastime is DIY. He loves making furniture for his home.
Meaning: to lack faith in yourself and your abilities.
- You shouldn’t mind what people say. Don’t doubt yourself and just go for it.
- If you doubt yourself, you’ll never make it.
Meaning: to have a good time.
- Did you enjoy yourself during your holiday?
- Why don’t you let go of your problems and enjoy yourself at the party?
Meaning: to show your ideas, thoughts and feelings.
- It is a very good idea to try to express yourself through some art form.
- Your ability to express yourself will reflect on your actions, relationships and beliefs.
Meaning: to falsely believe that you are better than others.
- If you believe that you can win, you are flattering yourself.
- She’ll never go on a date with you. Don’t flatter yourself.
Get over yourself
Meaning: use the phrase to tell someone to stop being too serious.
- Will you stop talking like a policeman and get over yourself?
- Please, stop panicking and get over yourself.
Meaning: use the phrase to give someone permission to do something.
- The lunch is on the table, please help yourself.
- “May I use your phone?” “Yes, please, help yourself“.
Keep to yourself
Meaning: to be on your own and avoid contact with others.
- I noticed that you’ve been keeping to yourself lately. Do you have a problem you want to talk about?
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