I am aware that the phrase "see for yourself" is the correct way to say you see something with your own eyes, But what "for" is there? For example:

John did all the work you had given him, see for yourself.

But would it be correct to say the phrase without the preposition "for" like "...see yourself"?

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    If for was removed, it might come off as the speaker requesting that the listener take a look at themselves, instead of looking at sth. else; "..see yourself". Also, this phrase is the second half of, "Don't take my word for it, see for yourself."
    – user30379
    Sep 20, 2017 at 5:10

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By itself, the phrase "see for yourself" means to look at something with one's own eyes.

By itself, the phrase "see yourself" is a phrase in the imperative mood; that is, it is a command telling someone to look at themselves.

In the example that you gave, you could say "see yourself" and the person will know that you are non telling them to look at themselves, rather you are telling them to look at what was specified.

However, they will only know that because of context, and not because "see yourself" can have the same meaning as "see for yourself". It doesn't. Just like how I can understand someone even if they break some grammer rules, so to can a person understand what is actually being said in that sentence despite its incorrectness.

Long story short, it is not correct to drop the 'for'.

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