◘ Is there any difference between saying "yourself" and "your self"?
Hi, yes actually they indicate two different things:
@ "Yourself" refers to the person and her actions
--- eg. Have you made your homeworks by yourself? Very good!
@ "Your self" -- or better "your Self" -- indicates, how to say it, "the soul" of a person
So if I say: "Free yourself" and "Free your Self" may belong to completely different contexts:
-- free yourself! > from a book about Pirates
-- free your Self > from a book of Spirituality
◘ How can people understand that I'm saying "Your self" not "Yourself"?
Then it depends from the context!
1) You might stress on separate words (eg. "your SELF")
2) You might even stress them in a slightly different way:
--- You have to make it "by you yourself" (= you IN YOUR VERY PERSON)
--- You have to free YOUR VERY SELF
I hope you guess the differences now.
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