One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he prefers to work independently’
alone, all alone, on one's own, in a solitary state, separately, singly, solitarily, unaccompanied, solo
unaided, unassisted, without help, without assistance, by one's own efforts, under one's own steam, single-handed, single-handedly, off one's own bat, on one's own initiative, autonomously, as one's own boss
informal by one's lonesome
British informal on one's tod, on one's lonesome, on one's jack, on one's Jack Jones
accompanied, jointly, assisted
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