What Might Cause the Confusion?
When you use 'ours' you refer to something that belongs to both yourself and to one or more other people. It is called a possessive pronoun. Possessive pronouns are used when we want to show who owns or is associated with a thing.
Those magazines are
'Ours' is a possessive pronoun replacing the phrase 'our magazines' to avoid repetition.
'Ourselves' is the first-person plural reflexive pronoun. When you use 'ourselves', you refer to yourself and one or more other people as a group.
We really enjoyed
Here, 'ourselves' is the reflexive form of 'we' or 'us'.
Same Subject and Object
When the subject and object of the verb refer to the same group of people, we use 'ourselves' as the object of a verb or preposition.
Sometimes, we use 'ourselves' to emphasize the first-person plural subject.
Here, 'ourselves' is an intensifier, emphasizing the subject 'we'.
'Ourselves' instead of 'Us'
Sometimes, for emphasis, you can use 'ourselves' instead of 'us' as the object of a verb or preposition. It is considered more formal and somehow not used often in spoken English.
He is a friend of
The more accurate and acceptable sentence would be 'He is a friend of us'.
We can use 'ourselves' after the linking verbs like 'be, seem, appear, etc. to mean our real or normal selves. In this way, 'our' acts as a determiner and 'selves' as a noun, so they can be separated by other words.
We are not
Though it is not considered standard English, we can use 'ourselves' instead of 'we' or 'us' in compound noun phrases.
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