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Suppose a girl did something wrong that showed us her real face. Now if I want to say that I don't like her behavior, how do I say?

  1. I don't like her this behavior
  2. I don't like this behavior of her.

In the first sentence, I feel that "this" and "her" next to each other sound unnatural (two modifiers) while sentence no. 2 is verbose and does not sound very natural to me.

By "this", I mean the current behavior, the one she is acting at this time.

Is there any other way to say that?

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    Sentence 1 is indeed wrong. Use either "this" or "her", but not both. Sentence 2 is nearly right, but you need "hers" instead of her. (Or mine, yours, his, theirs). Or maybe "I don't like the way she is behaving", which refers to current behaviour.
    – Peter
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 9:34
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    "I don't like what she's doing." Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 4:15

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You should omit 'this' in the first sentence

  1. I don't like her behavior

but that would be about her behavior in general.

  1. I don't like this behavior of hers.

(note the extra 's' at the end – it's a double genitive) may feel verbose, but it's very natural and refers to more specific behavior, so it may be closest to what you want to express. Otherwise, you can also go for

  1. I don't like her current behavior.

though 'current' usually refers to something that's going on right now; perhaps 'recent' works better in your context.

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  • Thank you so much! I never thought of replacing "this" with any other word like "current". ;)
    – user119042
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 9:36
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    "You can omit 'this'" - I think that's a bit of an understatement. You should omit 'this', otherwise it sounds quite unnatural (to me, at least) and is possibly grammatically just wrong.
    – NotThatGuy
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 19:23
  • @NotThatGuy yes, it is grammatically wrong. I assumed the OP already discarded that sentence and I'm just showing how they can correct it.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 19:40
  • @Glorfindel Please can you change "can" to "should" as NotThatGuy suggested. Your answer currently reads to me like you're saying "I don't like her this behavior" is fine and removal is optional. Or be explicit with say "You can omit 'this' in the first sentence to make it natural".
    – user117065
    Commented Oct 4, 2020 at 21:05
  • I’ll be so bold as to put words into Glorfindel’s mouth and suggest that he meant «You can omit 'this' in the first sentence (leaving “I don't like her behavior”) or you can omit 'her' (leaving “I don't like this behavior”), but you must do one of those.» Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 0:48

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