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Hi. My name is Ayuni. One day my colleague asked me, "Which is true, Ourselves or Ourself?" Unfortunately I myself was unable to answer that because when she wrote on Microsoft Word ourself, which I practically used, is wrong (red underline). So I was wondering, which is the true or is it depends on situation? 'Our' is plural, so by right it should be ourselves, but why after all these years, I've been thought to use Ourself? I'll be glad if someone can help me with this confusion.
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AnonymousWhich one of my two sentences below does make sense ? 'The biggest enemy of us is ourselves' or 'The biggest enemy of us is ourself'
They both make sense. That is, they are understandable. Nevertheless, to rephrase them without grammatical mistakes you would do well to write Our biggest enemy is ourselves or We are our (own) [biggest / worst] enemy.

CJ
This is very well explained in Oxford Dictionary web site.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/ourself

ourself


pronoun



  • 1. Used instead of ‘ourselves’ typically when ‘we’ refers to people in general rather than a definite group of people.

    [reflexive] ‘we must choose which aspects of ourself to express to the world’

    [emphatic] ‘this is our affair—we deal with it ourself’



  • 2. archaic Used instead of ‘myself’ by a sovereign or other person in authority.

    ‘witnessed ourself at Southampton this thirteenth day of October’

Usage

The standard reflexive form corresponding to we and us is ourselves, as in we can only blame ourselves. The singular form ourself, first recorded in the 14th century, is sometimes used in modern English, typically where ‘we’ refers to people in general. This use, though logical, is uncommon and not widely accepted in standard English
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BobbibounetteI found this... https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/ourself

The standard reflexive form corresponding to we and us is ourselves, as in we can only blame ourselves. The singular form ourself, first recorded in the 14th century, is sometimes used in modern English, typically where ‘we’ refers to people in general. This use, though logical, is uncommon and not widely accepted in standard English.


Good work, Bobbibounette. Very interesting!

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Thank you for the clarification.


Yes, I check because I just had my colleague ping me with "ourself" so I had to check to make sure as I thought it should be ourselves. Thank you both to the question and answer. Have a good weekend. God bless.

Ourselves is correct because you refers to many people