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    on its own

    Hi there,
    I don't know how to use 'on its own', or 'in its own right'.

    Is it correct to say like this?

    When a word is on its own, we should pronounce it with a correct stress.

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    Re: on its own

    Bless

    It is a meaningful sentence.
    Or, when you leave your cat on its own, it drops your things.

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    Re: on its own

    Quote Originally Posted by PCGames View Post
    Bless

    It is a meaningful sentence.
    Or, when you leave your cat on its own, it drops your things.
    A cat might knock over your things, or knock your cup off the table. But she won't drop anything. Unless she's very much cleverer than mine, she won't be able to pick up anything (except with her mouth), and that is the prerequisite for dropping something.

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    Re: on its own

    Hi there,

    Thanks
    So I still don't know how to use 'on its own' and 'on its right'?
    Thanks
    pete

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    Re: on its own

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    Thanks
    So I still don't know how to use 'on its own' and 'on its right'?
    Thanks
    pete
    Yes you can write "When it's on it's own...". But I don't think that's meaning you want.

    "on its own", or "in its own right" means by virtue of nothing but itself.
    Maybe examples are better:
    "The two previous posts didn't answer your question in their own right. But as part of this thread taken as a whole, they will contribute to your understanding."
    "Fifty years ago, a woman could not buy a house in her own right. She had to have her husband's signature."
    "Your essay draft, on its own, is not enough to pass. But with some help to improve it, you might pass".
    "George Bush, in his own right, did not destroy the World's economy. But he played a large part".
    "This liquid, on its own (in its own right), doesn't look like much, but combine it with fertiliser, and a bomb can be made."

    Is that enough. If you're still not sure, write a few of your own, and I'll you know if they sound OK.

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