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Which of these sentence constructions is correct? The only difference is the last word.

  1. Sometimes questioning others' assumptions is not the hardest part of being an activist; the hardest part is questioning our own.
  2. Sometimes questioning others' assumptions is not the hardest part of being an activist; the hardest part is questioning our own assumptions.
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Both are correct. The first one stands out in vigour and brevity. –  Cerberus Mar 20 '13 at 21:41
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These two sentences are both correct in a sense that they are grammatical. In the first sentence, the word own is used as a pronoun, while in the second sentence it plays the role of an adjective.

own

[pronoun] that which belongs to oneself ⇒ the car is his own; I have reasons of my own

[adjective] belonging, relating, or peculiar to oneself or itself (used to strengthen a preceding possessive) ⇒ his own book, her own idea

The first sentence would be a better choice of expression. It is always good to omit words that are unnecessary.

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There is no fault to be found in either. The first seems more elegant.

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