Why “themselves” and “himself”
I = myself you = yourself he = himself she = herself it = itself we = ourselves you = yourselves they = themselves one=oneself See? All other forms are formed from posessive plus self/selves except for "himself" and "themselves"? Is there any reason? And IMHO that “herself” is formed from the possessive “her”- not the objective. As for “it(s)self” and “one('s)self”, the “s”of the possessive is being reduced, as it appears next to the “s” of “self”. Actually someone did bring this one up days ago and some said that it must have something to do with the dative cases in Old English merging to become the objective in Middle English, but sadly, there was never a full answer. Can anyone dig that history of language up?