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    by myself

    I want to be by myself.

    I want to be on my own.

    I want to be alone.



    Hi,
    Are these sentences identical in meaning, please?
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    Re: by myself

    They are identical.

    'I want to be on my own' is less common. It is more likely to see 'on my own' paired with action verbs such as 'to live' - "I want to live on my own" - or "I want to do that on my own."

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    Re: by myself

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    I want to be by myself.

    I want to be on my own.

    I want to be alone.



    Hi,
    Are these sentences identical in meaning, please?
    Thanks.
    Close.

    By myself and alone are pretty much interchangeable. On my own can also mean independent, self-sufficient, unattached, unaffiliated, without help.

    -I've been on my own since I was eighteen.

    In some cases, they can all be used the same way:

    -I went to the movie alone/by myself/on my own
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