- For Teachers
What are your thoughts on these two phrases:
I was alone.
I was on my own.
How can we define the nuances for a student?
Many thanks for your help.
The context would indicate whether this was a neutral statement or carried an implication of negative feelings, etc. As they stand here, I don't see a difference.
To me, however, "alone" is rather neuter. "On my own" would imply I had to do something to survive, as if I were lost in the forest/jungle/desert/you name it.
Maybe it's just related to how I was taught, that's why I highlighted the beginning.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
To me, alone is more likely to be merely factual. I was alone when I did my Christmas shopping.
And "on my own" is more likely to be social or affective. When the guilty verdict came down, it hit me I was on my own.