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    Company A absorbed some of Company B, Company C swallowed some bits of Company D on its own and then Company E in its entirety.

    I guess "on its own" means "by itself" in this sentence.
    But I don't understand what the writer really wanted to say.
    Does he want to say that Company C swallowed some bits of Company D "alone, not with any other company"???

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    But I need to translate it as a kind of homework, so I need to completely understand it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pink dragon View Post
    Company A absorbed some of Company B, Company C swallowed some bits of Company D on its own and then Company E in its entirety.

    I guess "on its own" means "by itself" in this sentence.
    But I don't understand what the writer really wanted to say.
    Does he want to say that Company C swallowed some bits of Company D "alone, not with any other company"???

    [A reply from ENGLISH NATIVE SPEAKERS would be appreciated. ]
    Company A took over parts of Company B
    Company C took over parts of Company D and all of Company E.

    What is not clear is if Company C on its own took over parts of Company D, or whether it took over parts of Company D alone.

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    I see. Thank you, Neall Beag and Anglika.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pink dragon View Post
    Company A absorbed some of Company B, Company C swallowed some bits of Company D on its own and then Company E in its entirety.

    I guess "on its own" means "by itself" in this sentence.
    But I don't understand what the writer really wanted to say.
    Does he want to say that Company C swallowed some bits of Company D "alone, not with any other company"???

    [A reply from ENGLISH NATIVE SPEAKERS would be appreciated. ]
    I agree with Neall Beag. For starters, it needs to be two sentences. And that is just for starters. The first sentence (or what should be the first sentence):
    Company A absorbed some of Company B.
    What happened to the rest of Company B?


    Sentence two:
    Company C swallowed some bits of Company D on its own and then (bought) Company E in its entirety.

    I don't know what on its own is supposed to mean there. In my opinion, the statement in question confuses more than clarifies.

    ~R

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