A: You can do that on your own.

B: You can do that by yourself.

There were several occassions, when I was wondering what's more appropriate, like:

I can write this on my own / by myself.

I can fix that on my own / by mysel.


The two expressions are very, very similar even though there is a slight difference with no loss of meaning in certain contexts, it Depends;

  • by yourself Suggests nobody else, just that person.
  • on your own Suggests without any help. For example:

  • He went to the cinema by himself. (He had nobody with him)

  • He thought of the idea on his own. (Nobody gave him the idea)

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