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    FrenchMags1 is offline Newbie
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    Default On my own v alone

    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.

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    Default Re: On my own v alone

    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchMags1 View Post
    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.
    What nuances do you want to describe? They seem to mean the same to me - you were there, but no one else was. Wouldn't the additional nuance have to come from the context?

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    Default Re: On my own v alone

    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.

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    Default Re: On my own v alone

    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.

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    Default Re: On my own v alone

    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.

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