a class OF its own / a class ON its own


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Dutch - Netherlands
Not new here, but indeed a first-time-contributor.

I used a sentence, saying: Product xx, a class on its own. However, a similar phrase was used by Rover, saying: a class of its own.

To me [a class "on its own"] means [a class formed by one product only] i.e. a unique product, distinguishing itself to such a degree from the rest that it could be considered a "quality group".

Saying [a class "of its own"] seems to imply some matter of ownership. This product "exclusively owns" this class, which to me appears a quite tedious way of putting it. I'm only Dutch however...

What do native speakers say about this?
  • panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    A class on its own - seems to tell me only that the product is by itself.

    A class of its own - suggests that a special class has had to be created to accommodate this product.
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