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23 / 01 / 2006

ON ONE'S OWN: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a great weekend. Last week we explained the difference between the word lonely (to be unhappy because there is nobody else with you) and alone (to say that there is nobody else with you). Today we will look at a related expression. Today's expression is: on one's own It means: to say that there is nobody else with you. We can use this example with verbs like to be or to spend time. Example 1: I will be on my own this week because my husband is going to be on a business trip. Example 2: Why are you standing outside on your own? The door is open. Come on in! Example 3: They are very self-reliant and independent because they had to spend a lot of time on their own when they were younger. In all of these examples, we could replace on one's own with alone and the meaning of the sentence would be the same. Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a good day!

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