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He liked his warmed, though on TV ads he would demolish them toasted, the butter just melting, with an irresistible crunching sound.

The writer is actually talking about bagels. I was little confused when I read the line “He liked his warmed," cause there is no subject there. Also, no auxiliary verb is found in the line "the butter just melting" . Are they grammatically correct?

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    Context, context. His refers to his bagels, as should be clear from the context: Everybody likes fresh bread, but I like mine a couple of days old.
    – oerkelens
    Commented Jan 20, 2018 at 16:14
  • Remember that "his" can be either a possessive adjective (his choice) or a possessive pronoun (I didn't like my choice but I loved his)
    – Centaurus
    Commented Jan 20, 2018 at 16:30
  • He liked his [to be] warmed.
    – user63615
    Commented Jan 21, 2018 at 1:55
  • Yes, context. Is he an actor in the ads?
    – user22427
    Commented Jan 22, 2018 at 16:07

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With more words added, in [square brackets] -

He liked his [bagels] warmed, though on TV ads he would [eat] [his bagels] toasted, the butter [on the bagels] just melting, with an irresistible crunching sound [as he ate them].

I'm inferring that the man in question (call him John Doe) is a TV spokesperson for the bagel company, who is portrayed on TV as liking his bagels toasted. However, back in reality, he prefers his bagels simply warmed, not toasted.

You, the reader, are supposed to infer that the subject of this sentence is John's Bagels.

We can guess at more context:

John Doe was a TV spokesperson for the Generic Bagel Company.

He liked his [bagels] warmed, though on TV ads he would demolish [his bagels] toasted, the butter [on the bagels] just melting, with an irresistible crunching sound [as he ate them].

My spellchecker is complaining about the though, claiming that it should be through. Don't worry, though is correct here.

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