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on my own and by yourself



yovily23
Spain

on my own and by yourself
 
can anyone explain me the differences between on my own and by yourself? Give me an example please
Thanks in advance 

19 Jan 2015      



Mattsui
Japan

Hi,
 
On my own is used in the first person (referring to myself).
In the case of "I am on my own." meaning alone / without company.
Or as a modifier to the verb  "I did (something) on my own". maening I did it without help / assistance.
 
By yourself has the same effect but refers to a second person.
 
"You are by yourself". alone / without company.
"You did it by yourself". Without help / assistance.
 
In the first instance, both can be replaced with the adverb "alone"
"I am alone" / "Are you alone?"

19 Jan 2015     



yovily23
Spain

but......
 
 
i did my homework on my own    ??
 
i did my homework by myself??

22 Jan 2015     



FrauSue
France

Both are correct.
 
i did my homework on my own ??
i did my homework by myself??
 

22 Jan 2015