Own in a sentence
Own Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster
1 of 3
: belonging to oneself or itself
—usually used following a possessive case or possessive adjective
cooked my own dinnerwas responsible for his own bad luck
—used to express immediate or direct kinship
an own sonan own sistermy own family
2 of 3
: to have or hold as property : possess
: to have power or mastery over
wanted to own his own life
: to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit
own a debt
: to acknowledge something to be true, valid, or as claimed
—used with to or up
3 of 3
: one or ones belonging to oneself
—used after a possessive and without a following noun
gave out books so that each of us had our owna room of your own
on one's own
: for or by oneself : independently of assistance or control
made the decision on his own
: left to rely entirely on one's own resources
if you mess up, you're on your own
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Verb We hope to someday own our own home. She drives a red truck that was originally owned by her grandfather. He owns the rights to the band's music. The couple owns and operates the business. After everyone else denied any responsibility, he owned that he was at fault.
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Adjective, Verb, and Pronoun
Middle English owen, from Old English āgen; akin to Old High German eigan own, Old Norse eiginn, Old English āgan to possess — more at owe
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
The first known use of own was before the 12th century
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1 of 3 adjective
: belonging to oneself or itself
my own room
2 of 3 verb
: to have or hold as property : possess
: to have power or control over
wanted to own her own life
: to admit that something is true : confess
owned to being scared
if you broke the window, own up
3 of 3 pronoun singular or plural
: one or ones belonging to oneself
—used after a possessive
dog of his own
: to have or hold as property
especially : to have title to
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Sentence Patterns – The Writing Center • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
What this handout is about
This handout gives an overview of English sentence patterns. It will help you identify subjects, verbs, and clause connectors so you can analyze your writing style and improve it by using a variety of sentence patterns.
Click here for a one page summary of the English sentence patterns discussed on this handout.
Subjects, Verbs, and Clauses
In its simplest form, an English sentence has two parts: a subject and a verb that express a complete thought when they are together.
- The subject shows who or what is doing the action. It is always some form of noun or pronoun.
- The verb shows the action or the state of being. It can be an action verb, like “run,” or a state verb, like “seem.”
Examples of simple two word sentences include:
Real sentences are rarely so short. We usually want to convey much more information, so we modify the main subject and verb with other words and phrases, as in the sentences below:
Unfortunately, Marvin slept fitfully.
Dogs bark louder after midnight.
Heavy isotopes react more slowly than light isotopes of the same element.
Despite the extra information, each of these sentences has one subject and one verb, so it’s still just one clause. What’s a clause?
A clause is the combination of a subject and a verb. When you have a subject and verb, you have a clause. Pretty easy, isn’t it? We’re going to concentrate on clauses in this handout, with emphasis on these two in particular:
- Independent clause: a subject and verb that make a complete thought. Independent clauses are called independent because they can stand on their own and make sense.
- Dependent clause: a subject and verb that don’t make a complete thought. Dependent clauses always need to be attached to an independent clause (they’re too weak to stand alone).
We’ll talk more about dependent clauses later on, but also see our handout on fragments for a more detailed description of these types of clauses.
Before we move on to the sentence types, you should know a little trick of subjects and verbs: they can double up in the same clause. These are called “compound” subjects or verbs because there are two or more of them in the same clause.
Compound subject (two subjects related to the same verb):
Javier and his colleagues collaborated on the research article.
Compound verb (two verbs related to the same subject):
Javier conducted the experiment and documented the results.
Compound subject with compound verb:
Javier, his colleagues, and their advisor drafted and revised the article several times.
Notice that they don’t overlap. You can tell that it’s only one clause because all of the subjects in one clause come before all of the verbs in the same clause.
Four Basic Patterns
Every sentence pattern below describes a different way to combine clauses. When you are drafting your own papers or when you’re revising them for sentence variety, try to determine how many of these patterns you use. If you favor one particular pattern, your writing might be kind of boring if every sentence has exactly the same pattern. If you find this is true, try to revise a few sentences using a different pattern.
NOTE: Because nouns can fill so many positions in a sentence, it’s easier to analyze sentence patterns if you find the verbs and find the connectors. The most common connectors are listed below with the sentence patterns that use them.
In the descriptions below, S=Subject and V=Verb, and options for arranging the clauses in each sentence pattern given in parentheses. Connecting words and the associated punctuation are highlighted in brown. Notice how the punctuation changes with each arrangement.
Pattern 1: Simple Sentence
One independent clause (SV.)
Mr. Potato Head eats monkeys.
Try this: Look for sentences in your own text that have only one clause. Mark them with a certain color so they stand out.
Pattern 2: Compound Sentence
Two or more independent clauses. They can be arranged in these ways: (SV, and SV.) or (SV; however, SV.)
Connectors with a comma, the FANBOYS: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so (See our handout on commas for more info.)
Connectors with a semicolon and comma: however, moreover, nevertheless, nonetheless, therefore
Example compound sentences:
Mr. Potato Head eats them for breakfast every day, but I don’t see the attraction.
Eating them makes him happy; however, he can’t persuade me.
- Scan your own text to find the compound connectors listed above. Circle them.
- Find the verb and the subject of the clauses on both sides of the connectors.
- Highlight your compound sentences with a color that’s different from the one you used to mark your simple sentences.
Pattern 3: Complex Sentence
One independent clause PLUS one or more dependent clauses. They can be arranged in these ways: (SV because SV.) or (Because SV, SV.) or (S, because SV, V.)
Connectors are always at the beginning of the dependent clause. They show how the dependent clause is related to the independent clause. This list shows different types of relationships along with the connectors that indicate those relationships:
- Cause/Effect: because, since, so that
- Comparison/Contrast: although, even though, though, whereas, while
- Place/Manner: where, wherever, how, however
- Possibility/Conditions: if, whether, unless
- Relation: that, which, who, whom
- Time: after, as, before, since, when, whenever, while, until
Examples of complex sentences:
He recommends them highly because they taste like chicken when they are hot.
Although chicken always appeals to me, I still feel skeptical about monkey.
Mrs. Potato Head, because she loves us so much, has offered to make her special monkey souffle for us.
She can cook it however she wants.
Although I am curious, I am still skeptical.
- Scan your own text to find the complex connectors listed above. Circle them.
- Find the verb and the subject of the clauses that goes with each connector, remembering that the dependent clause might be in between the subject and verb of the independent clause, as shown in the arrangement options above.
- Highlight your complex sentences with a color that’s different from the one you used to mark your simple sentences.
Pattern 4: Compound-Complex Sentence
Two or more independent clauses PLUS one or more dependent clauses. They can be arranged in these ways: (SV, and SV because SV.) or (Because SV, SV, but SV.)
Connectors: Connectors listed under Patterns 2 & 3 are used here. Find the connectors, then find the verbs and subjects that are part of each clause.
Mr. Potato Head said that he would share the secret recipe; however, if he does, Mrs. Potato Head will feed him to the piranhas, so we are both safer and happier if I don’t eat monkeys or steal recipes.
Try this: Use a fourth color to highlight the compound-complex sentences in your text (the ones with at least two independent and at least one dependent clauses).
Look at the balance of the four different colors. Do you see one color standing out? Do you notice one missing entirely? If so, examine your text carefully while you ask these questions:
- Could you separate some of the more complex sentences?
- Could you combine some of the shorter sentences?
- Can you use different arrangement options for each of the sentence patterns?
- Can you use different connectors if you change the order of the clauses?
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 License.
You may reproduce it for non-commercial use if you use the entire handout and attribute the source: The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Sentences with the word "own"
We found 80 sentences with the word "own". Synonyms for own. Meaning of the word. Characters. "own" - morphemic analysis. The meaning of the word own.
- Own own Congress is declared the only legal representation of Ukraine.
- In the same year, the family of the court factor Oppenheim spent on books their own capital of one million French francs. nine0008
- I don't believe in anything that I don't see with my own eyes and the existence of which doesn't confirm my own experience.
- Meanwhile, having returned from Kuibyshev to Moscow, Vysotsky got to his own creative evening at the WTO, which took place on May 31st.
- Everyone had their own recipe, and so did I.
- This work was so successful that the university published it at its own expense.
- Meanwhile there are 9 in the archive0006 Rasputin's own story about this period.
- He will not take any of these paths leading to safety, but will look for the third one, his own .
- Gumilyov had his own "bathroom" office.
- He called him none other than Shushka, until the time when Herzen got his own own little Shushka.
- Only boundless faith in his own mind, only exorbitant conceit could inspire him with the idea of cerebral hygiene. nine0008
- But then he was betrayed by his own leading question.
- Finally, replenish own pocket , otherwise why would he return to power?
- The fact is that he then created his own mime theater, which from the very first days began to declare itself as pro-liberal.
- Each prince fearlessly and bravely at the head of his retinue defended his own destiny and died in unequal battles.
- Now he will never grow older, and he will no longer face the fate of a snake that survived own poison.
- Marche has found his own unique landscape style.
- Our own blacksmith stayed far behind to fix a field kitchen that had a broken rear axle.
- Her own earnings gave her that confidence in life that Alexander himself valued in himself.
- He studied, but did not borrow, did not imitate, but brought his own orderly order into everything acquired. nine0008story in the Divine Comedy about how he saved the life of a child.
- He was always primarily a practitioner, and his own experience said that his life at the moment is simply necessary for the mafia.
- This is evidenced, among other things, by his own
- It's not difficult for me to maintain my own rhythm, but it's almost impossible for me to adjust to the rhythm of other people's voices or instruments.
- The Grand Duke had just turned ten years old, and shortly before that, his own debut in the ballet Acis and Galatea.
- The sad experience of his father and his own made Ivan III anxiously think about the idea of such power.
- Looking back, they saw their own ship sinking into the abyss.
- At the end of the lessons, if the children behaved appropriately, she would sing songs to them to her own accompaniment.
- From the first day I began to make the necessary inquiries, but so far nothing, on my own glance, worth mentioning did not recognize.
- He is so immersed in his own inner world that he stops paying attention to his surroundings.
- I have walked my own path, and now it is easier for me to understand my father.
- Emin, who published in the same year his own magazine "Hell Post".
- Each person has his own taste , and it's good that someone likes it.
- Meanwhile, having returned from Kuibyshev to Moscow, Vysotsky hit own creative evening at the WTO, which took place on May 31st.
- The colony had its own drama club, and Petr pretty soon became the most active participant in it.
- Additional confidence that I would not disappear behind the fence of the Armed Forces was given by my own stone in my bosom, a personal trump card.
- My own combat post was in the Anton gun turret, forward on the forecastle.
- Santa Claus does not exist?”, she answered: “There is no Santa Claus and God too, only own spirit can help you.”
- Only now it was no longer a student theatre, but its own own .
- When creating their own code language, the traders took into account both of the above considerations.
- The Czechs refused to surrender their weapons and under their own echelons took control of the entire highway from Samara to Vladivostok.
- He seemed to be delicately trying to open his eyes to their own theater, undermine faith in its uniqueness.
- Besides, I have always preferred mackerel to flounder, and hake biting its own tail has always seemed to me the height of perfection.
- In the foreground he painted bare olive trunks with broken branches, a small white stone and his own sleeping profile.
- And only 3% of people start their own business in the first five years after graduation.
- Stalin's own son proved by his example that this is a lie.
- Arriving in Moscow in the winter, Iza was waiting for an invitation from the Pushkin Theatre, where her own husband proposed to her.
- In Voronezh, Nikitin had his own wax candle factory, a house and a shop in a bustling trading place.
- As if she was rushing her own departure.
- I then thought: everyone probably has their own own god.
- You have your own style, like, for example, Wagner Love or Kerzhakov.
- And in 1921, Tamara decided to create her own theater right in the courtyard of her house.
- Nevertheless, Lautrec had his own view of everything.
- He only believed that this was the truth, and that his own mind would help him understand it.
- My friend, test pilot Amet-Khan Sultan, as twice Hero of the Soviet Union, had 9 in his homeland0006 own bust.
- With the birth of Gaudí's architectural creations, Barcelona has found its own , a unique style.
- But no less important role in the formation of this character was played by the school and his own experience.
- I showed almost no interest in other children, preferring their company to my own inner world.
- Recalling my own experience , I did not find pity in myself and caught the bomber's left engine in the crosshairs of my sight. nine0008
- I also looked into our own house, saw window frames, curtains and my mother standing at one of the windows.
- In connection with the move to a new own house in Tsarskoye Selo.
- From the sovereign's Alexander Palace, he moved to his own in St. Petersburg and asked me to help him settle down.
- They also didn't let the musicians of "Obelisk", who came to their own concert.
- We built our own house where I spent my childhood and youth.
- Each of them received his own experience and made up his own impressions of military life.
- In 2004 Belyaeva got her own website on the Internet, which can be accessed by anyone.
- As a physicist, Kaminsky invented his own device to prove the Boyle-Mariotte law regarding the elasticity of gases.
- He developed his own unique style, which he himself called "sharp as a knife."
- Kazgan thanked the young barlas by giving him his own bow case.
- It gave the impression that it had taken its own move.
- If earlier he was guided only by his own taste, now he suppressed it, restrained his impulses.
- True, with the relocation to Gori, Vissarion is unlikely to have retained his own vineyard. nine0008
- But Aleinikov did not wait for someone's blessing and created his own drama circle.
- Solovki also had its own NEP, reflecting every variation of life on the Soviet continent.
- Here he had to give his first own concert.
- Would you, being co-crucified with Christ in Holy Baptism, want Him to bear with you your own cross?
- And he and Kartsev rushed to conquer the pop Olympus, creating their own own Theater of miniatures.
- And in 1921, Tamara decided to create her own theater right in the courtyard of the house.
- On the contrary, wherever your own life experience allows, you try to stay close to what you saw in the war with your own eyes.
- His own experience taught him the accuracy of thought, and wildlife expanded and generalized them.
- And again, each of the five brothers received their own baron diploma. nine0008
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A person loses the very opportunity to discover his own secrets, his own possibilities.
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“Some kind of nonsense,” the editor-in-chief thinks, realizing that these words are his own , his own , thoughts that have been pestering him since morning.
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People are becoming more deeply involved in social processes and at the same time become more independent and responsible for their own actions and their own decisions.
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Private quarters - children's quarters - dining room - sanctuary - Becoming room - garden - Ryonn's quarters - private chambers .
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Playing the melodies of famous rock performers or his own , Sholokhov Jr. fell into his own reflections. nine0003
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And now we have come very close to radically improving our own structure and our own physical capabilities.
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Each family had its own apartment, and many family members even had their own rooms.
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The cutlery on the table was only for him - both daughters had long since left their father's house, now they feed their own families in their 0361 own houses.
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My own garden is my own garden!
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Tell me why the new world seems familiar and familiar, as if own house, and own house became a stranger, like this new world.
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When I said that you will have your own own world, I meant exactly your own own world, Marie.
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Vassily felt his own eyes becoming satanic.
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And he immediately remembered his own words that he would not betray this soldier, and the calm reply of his brother, who took these words almost as a joke.
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Then he remembered his his own walks along the Haymarket, and he woke up for a minute.
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And they would have run if they had not taken the army into their own hands and turned the Russian "cauldrons" into German fortresses.
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You demand bread and are indignant when flour is ground!” But these are my thoughts, Leboeuf, my own thoughts born with the blood of the brain!
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Yes, my father, you must have lied that he has his own money.
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Have mercy, what state-owned, his own : inheritance, for two hundred thousand tickets.
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They were ours, but they became their own , their own , alas, this is so, Ingelot agreed.
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There is evidence from which it can be concluded that the Ilmenian Slavs had their own Varangians.
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Forgotten were the wishes of his parents and his own dreams about the future, forgotten the calm heartfelt affection that connected him with his childhood friend Vassa.
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Now he is more pleased to sow his own tastes and desires on fertile soil, Alina is a well-plowed field for him. ..
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About her own affairs she talked to me a lot before, but she was never completely frank.
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The Frenchman walked straighter and simply asked me: - have I lost my own money?
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He wanted to take revenge on everyone for his own dirty tricks.
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your reality, your own words.
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But as soon as he saw the beautiful ones, he melted and remembered someone's poems, nameless madrigals, passages, maybe even his own own .
Pushkin, Yuri Tynyanov, 1935–1943
On the same platform in the spring evenings they sang their own songs, passed down from generation to generation and often not quite censored.
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They remembered their own black desires and waited for the fulfillment of other people's desires over themselves.
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Samuilik sighed, remembering his own advice and warnings to the colonel when he was plotting about Oksana.
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The princess and her favorite were silent, as if each was immersed in their own thoughts.
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the child was not yet a week old, when Akim bought him a coachman's hat with his own money.
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Tyoma only responded with a glance to Ivanov's own thoughts so clearly expressed.
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Some kind of attracting eyes,” Dora said after a short pause, screwing up her own eyes at the fire, and silently blew out the candle.
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In a word, that you only need your own , but my sincere observations.
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