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Considering the following sentence:

The availability of alcoholic beverages and the exposure to alcoholic beverages media is high in urban areas.

I would like to know if it is grammatically correct to use the pronoun “its” when “alcoholic beverages” appear for the second time:

The availability of alcoholic beverages and the exposure to its media is high in urban areas.

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  • "Its" is a possessive pronoun, which must refer to some antecedent. Consider: does the media belong to either the availability or the alcoholic beverages?
    – Katy
    Jan 29 '19 at 21:09
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No, it doesn't work, because alcoholic beverages isn't possessive in alcoholic beverages media (You haven't written an apostrophe, and that is right).

Alternatively, if you regarded the full phrase as possessive, it would be alcoholic beverages' media, with a plural possessor, so the pronoun would have to be their. But that would read oddly to me.

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