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    Hi there,
    What does the underlined sentence mean?

    Time and again, the city has taken hard knocks, not of its own doing.

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    Re: meaning

    Hi there,
    Thank a lot.
    I have checked the dictionary.There is no 'of one's own doing'. There is 'of one's own making'. Are they the same? Then in your example, can I change like this: the accident would not be of your own causing. This is what I think; maybe it is wrong. Accidents cannot be done; they are caused by something or someone. Am I right? Please correct me if I am wrong.

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by simon1234 View Post
    Hi there,
    Thank a lot.
    I have checked the dictionary.There is no 'of one's own doing'. There is 'of one's own making'. Are they the same? Then in your example, can I change like this: the accident would not be of your own causing. This is what I think; maybe it is wrong. Accidents cannot be done; they are caused by something or someone. Am I right? Please correct me if I am wrong.

    thank
    simon
    I would say that any of these would work. The phrase "not of one's own doing" is a common expression.

    I do find the original sentence a little awkward, however. I would prefer to see it written,
    Time and again, the city has taken hard knocks, through no fault of its own.

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    Re: meaning

    hi there,
    What does the underlined phrase mean? Could you give me another example using the underlined phrase?


    Time and again, the city has taken hard knocks, through no fault of its own.

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by simon1234 View Post
    hi there,
    What does the underlined phrase mean? Could you give me another example using the underlined phrase?


    Time and again, the city has taken hard knocks, through no fault of its own.

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    The city has frequently suffered hardships not due to mistakes it has made but due to external factors beyond its control.

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    Re: meaning

    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot.
    But I wanted to know the meaning of the underlined phrase in this sentence: Time and again, the city has taken hard knocks, through no fault of its own.

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    simon
    Isn't the sentence clearer after I reworded it?

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