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by (one)self

1. Alone. Because there's usually so much going on with the kids, I really enjoy spending a quiet Saturday night by myself.
2. Through one's own efforts alone. You can't move that table all by yourself! Here, let me help you. My little girl loves to get dressed by herself, so tutus and cowboy boots have become the norm around here.

by herself

 and by himself 
1. with no one else present; alone. She hates to go to strange places by herself. He sat by himself at a table big enough for six people.
2. with the help of no one else. The two-year-old boy can get dressed by himself. Susan is unable to get there by herself.
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At this point in time, Melissa was choosing to read books by herself at snack time.
Harriet Jacobs's 1861 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, demonstrates the extent of Keckley's optimistic embrace of capitalism.
Another customer, Lorraine Ronzio of Winnetka, said she has been Nassar's friend for eight years and worried about her frequently operating the store by herself.
A nice Jewish chanteuse accomplished enough to get on The Ed Sullivan Show by herself, Barbra's sister was poised and apparently at peace with the freakish hand dealt her by fate; Dolly's sister Stella was sassy blues singer; Cher's looked cute in her old nose.
Jacobs's fictionalized slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, as Written by Herself, focusing on the scenario of seduction that occurs in Incidents when Linda Brent (Jacobs's pseudonymous identity) explains her decision to "give herself" to a white man named Mr.
But what made Mortensen's performance so remarkable was that she ran completely by herself after taking the lead during the first 50 meters.
We are accustomed to the phrase "Written by Herself" in the titles of self-scribed nineteenth-century narratives such as Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself and Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written By Himself.
I can tell by myself" can be read in two ways - that she knows what other slaves feel based on how she herself feels about slavery, and that she is confident in her ability to speak by herself as an authority on how slaves feel.