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I have a lot of trouble trying to figure the correct determiner for "maximum".

(1a) The attendance at the workshop reached the maximum.

(1b) The attendance at the workshop reached its maximum.

(2a) Enrollment for all the courses reached the maximum.

(2b) Enrollment for all the courses reached its maximum.

Which one is correct: the maximum or its maximum?

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All of your sentences are correct and natural except (2b), which is only wrong because "Enrollment for all the courses" should be treated as a plural subject because each course has its own enrollment, so it should read, "... reached their maximums".

Also consider these two versions with no determiner, which are at least as natural sounding:

The attendance at the workshop reached maximum.
Enrollment for all the courses reached maximum.

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  • Thank you very much for your help.
    – ansonman
    May 17, 2023 at 19:03

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