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British English: /ɪtˈsɛlf/
American English: /ɪtˈsɛlf/
When used as a reflexive pronoun, direct and indirect, itself is translated by si, which is always placed before the verb: the cat hurt itself = il gatto si è fatto male a problem presented itself = si è posto un problema. - When used as an emphatic to stress the corresponding noun, the translation is stesso for a masculine noun and stessa for a feminine noun: the preface itself makes good reading = la prefazione stessa è bella da leggere. - When used after a preposition, itself is translated by or se stesso/se stessa: the machine in itself is easy to use = la macchina di per di sé/se stessa è facile da usare. - (All) by itself is translated by da solo/da sola, which means alone and/or without help. - For particular usages see below.

Translation of itself in Italian:


  • 3 (after prepositions)the heating comes on by itself the house stands by itself in the middle of a field
    la casa si trova isolata in mezzo a un campo
    the library is a fine building in itself
    la biblioteca in sé è un bell'edificio
    learning Italian is not difficult in itself
    imparare l'italiano non è di per sé difficile
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