AEE 217: By Yourself vs. On Your Own in English

aloneDo you say By Yourself or On Your Own in English?

Today, in #2 of our Top 15 Fixes series, we discuss these two phrases and how to use them when you’re doing something alone!


By yourself and on your own are two phrases that may look different, but their meanings are essentially identical.  Both are used to say that you’ve done something alone, rather than with others.

Even though their meaning is the same, you want to be careful that you don’t mix up the prepositions between these phrases. The best way to avoid that is to learn each one as a chunk.  And the best way to do that is to practice!


Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:


What do you like to do by yourself?

What do you like to do alone?

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