The difference between in itself and itself.

 

In itself = In and of itself

Means: intrinsically, considered alone. 本質上, 單獨而言


For example:

Love in itself is always a mystery, mixed with happiness and misery. 

 

The story in itself is not fantastic.  It is the accompanying illustration that makes it interesting.
=> In and of itself, the story is not fantastic.  What’s interesting is the illustration that accompanies it.

=> The story is not fantastic in itself.  The accompanying illustration is what makes it interesting.
=> Considering the story alone, it is not fantastic.  The illustration is the interesting part.

Itself

Used to emphasize the appositive of it, which, that, this, or a noun.

用以強調同位格它,那,這

 

For example:

The issue lies in the code itself. 

關鍵在(電腦的) 指令本身

 

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