I just came across a sentence that I have no idea how to complete. Every pronoun that I tried (even the generic "ones") doesn't seem to fit, according to my inner grammar engine.

Those of you who grew up in France probably saw that play in ____ childhood.

Basically, "childhood" should refer to the individual childhoods of those that grew up in France.

I'm not native, so I have no idea what I'm talking about. Without restructuring the sentence, is there a pronoun that fits?

  • "Your" is correct. "Your childhood" is distributive in that it applies to each member of the set "you".
    – BillJ
    Dec 31, 2017 at 19:16

2 Answers 2


The correct word is 'your', referring to the childhoods of the people being spoken to, although in this case it is essentially functioning as an adjective.


You answer your own question. Since, earlier in the sentence, you already say "Those of you", just use that for every other pronoun that represents the same group.

Those of you who grew up in the 70s will always remember your first time seeing "Star Wars".

It's the same for other pronouns:

Those of us who grew up in the 70s will always remember our first time seeing "Star Wars".

Those (people) who grew up in the 70s will always remember their first time seeing "Star Wars".

It only becomes tricky when you want to specify a singular person, but don't want to limit it to one gender. There are a number of options but if necessary you can use the singular "they":

Someone who has read "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" will always remember their towel.

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