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use alone - on your own

Postby communy » Sun Oct 31, 2004 12:11 pm

Dear teacher,
you use 'alone' for general activities and 'on your own' for specific activities. Is it right?

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Postby Alan » Mon Nov 01, 2004 6:59 am

Not necessarily, but 'alone' is more formal than 'on your own', and is therefore, I suppose, the more likely to occur in formal contexts referring to general, rather than to specific, activities.

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