"The watching in itself of this video put my brain in a bit of a knot."

If I want to use the term "in itself", is this the correct way to format a sentence, if I want to put emphasis on the "watching" -part?

Other examples also welcome, which do not include "in itself".

Thank you.


I'm not an expert, just visiting, but I don't think it's correct in this context. Using "in itself" here implies that the act of watching the video is what prompted the result. In this instance, unless you were watching the video through a complex series of mirrors or something, I don't see how the watching of the video could have put your brain in a knot.

edit: if your intent was to indicate that the content of the video itself had no impact on putting your brain in a knot, then I'd say you nailed it.

  • Do you have an other suggestion that would emphasize the watching itself, not the content of the video? Thanks for the fast reply. – b00t Jan 26 '16 at 20:19
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    If that was actually your intent then you nailed it. – JOATMON Jan 26 '16 at 20:20
  • I was about to comment that 'in itself' should follow "video". But it's fine if you want to emphasise the activity of watching (either how you watched, or the fact that you watched rather than, say, listened, or had the video described to you, or...) – Dan Jan 26 '16 at 22:20
  • Would it flow better if you punctuated it like this: The watching, in itself, of the video put my brain in a bit of a knot. – JOATMON Jan 26 '16 at 22:22

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