I want to say that life has moments of success as well as failure, moments when it's easy as well as moments when it's hard. In this context, has "ups and downs" been correctly used in the sentence below?

Life has its own ups and downs.

If not, then kindly propose a correct, literary alternative.

  • Perfectly idiomatic. – WS2 Dec 13 '15 at 15:51

It's essentially correct, but I think it would sound better if you deleted "own"...

Life has its ups and downs.

However, the context is obviously important. For example, if write, "Education has its ups and downs," then you might later write "Life has its own ups and downs," or "Life also has its ups and downs."

But if this is a standalone sentence, then it might sound a little better without the word "own."

  • I agree that the idiom doesn't need own. +1) – user140086 Dec 13 '15 at 17:52

It is totally correct to use it.


100% correct. There is nothing wrong.  

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