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English question What's the difference between"My family" and "My own family",and "My room" and "My own room"?

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English question What's the difference between"My family" and "My own family",and "My room" and "My own room"?

Postby piaras91 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:53 am

English question. What is the difference between My family and My own family,
And What's the difference between "I have My room" and "I have My own room."?

Someone explains the difference.
"My family" contains step-families like son-in-law, foster children, and
"My own family" means a family who is blood relativeis, is related to the speaker by birith.
And
"I have my room." means
"I have the room where not only I ,but also others may live." and
"I have my own room." means "I have my room which I never share with others."

Is this explanation correct?
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English question What's the difference between"My family" and "My own family",and "My room" and "My own room"?

Postby veto » Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:57 am

When talking about family, the only difference that "own" makes is to add emphasis. It has absolutely no connection with how close you are to any members of it. As Chrusos said, you would use it to distinguish between somebody else's family and your (own) family.
If you say, "I have my own room", it means you are the only person who sleeps in it. For example, somebody might ask, "Do you share a room?" and you would answer, "No, I have my own room".
So the meaning is a little different from the meaning with the family.

EDIT to add: Chruso, Laodamia and I are all agreed that "own" in connection with family is used only to add emphasis: to show that you are talking about YOUR family and not somebody else's family. We all three agree that "My own family" does NOT indicate anything at all about WHO is in your family: close blood relatives, adopted sisters, step families - it's not important.

For the room, we all agree that having your own room means you have a room which you occupy alone: the same as what you thought originally.
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English question What's the difference between"My family" and "My own family",and "My room" and "My own room"?

Postby stanciyf » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:05 am

When talking about family, the only difference that "own" makes is to add emphasis. It has absolutely no connection with how close you are to any members of it. As Chrusos said, you would use it to distinguish between somebody else's family and your (own) family.
If you say, "I have my own room", it means you are the only person who sleeps in it. For example, somebody might ask, "Do you share a room?" and you would answer, "No, I have my own room".
So the meaning is a little different from the meaning with the family.

EDIT to add: Chruso, Laodamia and I are all agreed that "own" in connection with family is used only to add emphasis: to show that you are talking about YOUR family and not somebody else's family. We all three agree that "My own family" does NOT indicate anything at all about WHO is in your family: close blood relatives, adopted sisters, step families - it's not important.

For the room, we all agree that having your own room means you have a room which you occupy alone: the same as what you thought originally.
My Family includes everyone that is in your family, cousins, aunts, uncles etc...

My own family tells the person you are talking immediate family brother, sister, mother, father, husband, son, daughter, wife, and no one else.

Same goes for my room, the room is yours but someone else like a friend or relative may also call this their room.

My own room states thet the room is yours and no one else uses that room but you.
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English question What's the difference between"My family" and "My own family",and "My room" and "My own room"?

Postby choviohoya » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:14 am

Chrusoto is correct, except for I have my room which can mean you have your own space. You can say, for example: I have my room and you have yours, so stay out of my room!

It all depends on emphasis.

"I have the room" indicates you have space : I have the room for a 65 inch screen TV in here.

"I have my own room" means usually you don't share a bedroom with someone where others might.
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English question What's the difference between"My family" and "My own family",and "My room" and "My own room"?

Postby nemausus36 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:26 am

Mh, I don't think that's right. These expressions mean the same thing, 'own' just strenghtens or underlines your meaning, as in:

"Are you two Italian?" "My own family is French, but my friend's is Italian."

In this sentence you want to make it clear that you're talking about your family vs. your friend's, and 'own' helps with that.

"I have my room" is not even correct, btw.
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English question What's the difference between"My family" and "My own family",and "My room" and "My own room"?

Postby smid » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:36 am

My "own" family says that you are differentiating that you have an active part in the family, versus my family is simply ownership with disassociation. "Own' shows that you are proactive and interactive, whereas, without the word "own" you are inactive of the family.
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