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Here is a sentence, in which I am trying to describe a very polite and mild personality. I am not sure if in this case I should say "take that chance for himself", "take that chance by himself" or just simply "take that chance himself".

He is a very polite boy who never dares to interrupt anyone and would always give someone a chance to say something before taking that chance for himself.

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Taking a chance by himself means he is alone when he takes the chance; only he is the one taking it. This is not what you mean to say.

Taking a chance for himself means he is taking the chance for his own benefit, not for anyone else's benefit. This is close to what you mean.

Taking a chance himself is a distinguisher meaning he is the one taking the chance, not someone else. This is the meaning you intend when you say "he would always give someone a chance to say something before taking that chance for himself."

In this context I might use "for himself" rather than just "himself" on its own. It is not strictly necessary but it adds emphasis. Similarly, using "someone else" instead of just "someone" emphasizes that he will not put himself forward at another's expense.

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  • Got it. Thank you!
    – brilliant
    Commented May 29, 2021 at 14:30

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