It sounds like the video is saying (link with a time stamp corresponds the following)

Wienert revealed that during one episode he personally assembled a Polynesian-style bamboo raft off-camera only for Grylls to add the finishing touches and take the credit.

cambridge dictionary gives this explanation about personally

If you do something personally, you do it yourself rather than asking someone else to do it

So, "personally" indicates that Wienert did the job himself, while not necessarily did that on his own. "personally" is being used here justify Wienert went through the whole procedure. is my understanding right?

  • I would understand from that sentence that he did it on his own. Feb 7, 2020 at 10:08
  • @KateBunting So, "personally" could be used to indicate "on his own" in some situations, such as this case, right?
    – peterpanai
    Feb 7, 2020 at 10:15

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I would go with the Cambs Dict. definition you linked to here.

done by you and not by someone else:
These figures should be correct because I've checked them personally.

Using personally in these kinds of sentences indicates a direct involvement in the action.

he personally assembled

To me, this means that he assembled it himself. Note the 'he', indicating he was the sole party.

But this could be more than one person if specified:

The crew and I personally assembled

This would mean he assembled it with the crew - but he would need to include them in the list of people who personally did the activity.

It all depends on the actors specified, and the activity

he personally oversaw the assembly

In this instance, he had a sole supervisory role, but didn't necessarily get involved in the actual assembly itself. (He just told the crew how to build it)

  • Thank you. Your answer is very helpful. Which item/explanation/definition of Cambs you are using?
    – peterpanai
    Feb 9, 2020 at 21:51
  • @peterpanai The one you linked to in OP and the one I've linked in the first line of my answer
    – Smock
    Feb 10, 2020 at 13:31

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