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"Let's face facts here. You took care of your parents for so long, you've got no life of your own."

"Let's face facts here. You took care of your parents for so long, you've got no life for your own."

Thanks a lot.

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    Please give your questions useful titles. “Which one is correct?” is completely generic, and it is impossible for anyone to guess what your question is actually about. Apr 22, 2015 at 7:21
  • Either "... life of your own" or "... life for yourself". Though they have slightly different connotations that I can't figure out how to explain at present.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 22, 2015 at 12:29

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Here, of suggests a sense of belonging and for suggests something that you are given with. Therefore, using of would create more meaning to the sentence.

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Not a native speaker but I'd say "... life of your own". Never heard the alternative, I think.

Here's a Google Ngram that supports of over for

Edit: In the light of @Edwin's comment below, here's a new Ngram that compares "no life of/for your own", which makes the point even more clear.

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  • 'If you want a better life for your own family ...' is an obvious false positive. Why not Ngrams for "no life of your own" & "no life for your own" (which make the position clearer)? Apr 22, 2015 at 8:27
  • @EdwinAshworth good point, i'll edt
    – posdef
    Apr 22, 2015 at 14:35

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