Questions tagged [possessive-adjectives]

This tag is for questions about possessive adjectives, such as my, your, his, her, its, our, your, and their.

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My / her - word choice

Which of the two options is more appropriate for this sentence? Why? I am a 25-year-old girl who likes interacting with people and practising my / her English.
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Isn't it supposed to be 'it' instead of 'its'?

This is a paragraph from the book 'Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World' by Jason Hickel. I am not quite sure whether its having fallen is grammatically correct. If I were to use such ...
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Can the possessive ever be omitted with these gerunds?

Can one use a. She agreed with me about going there. instead of a1. She agreed with me about her going there. or a2. She agreed with me about my going there. ? ====================== Can one use b. ...
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Using any in affirmative sentences, plural or singular?

Is the following sentence correct? Any college student interested in working in the Library this summer should send his details to the Dean as soon as possible. I am particularly interested in ...
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Plural adjectives of plural nouns: "Device terminals" VS "devices terminals"

My mother tongue is Spanish. I'm trying to complete a legend for a technical drawing I'm doing. The text I'm writing doesn't have a context that makes it clear what I want to say. I want to put a ...
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Which use of possessive is correct "I'm grateful for my mother's love" or "I'm grateful for the love of my mother"?

Which use of possessive is correct "I'm grateful for my mother's love" or "I'm grateful for the love of my mother" ? Or are they both correct, but carry different meaning? I ...
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Does "my + singular noun" imply my only something/someone unless it comes with any prior reference?

Example 1: My friend told me that .......... "My friend" is a singular noun phrase, and its plural form is "My friends", right? If so, does this sentence "My friend told me ...
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Possessive case after ALL and BOTH

Set 1: My all efforts ended in smoke. All my efforts ended in smoke. Set 2: My both friends are honest. Both my friends are honest. My grammar book says sentence one in both ...
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Is the construction Despite + possessive + ing correct?

Is it correct to say: Despite my studying, I failed the exam. instead of Despite (me) studying, I failed the exam. ? Is it less formal? Thanks in advance.
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Possessive Adjective

shell the ordinal number is used with possessive adjective without using of?. for instance my one friend leaves in Russia instead one of my friends leaves in Russia. what is make difference ...
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"Finish work" or "finish my work"?

Tell me please if there any difference in meaning between the following sentences? Yesterday I finished my work at 6. Yesterday I finished work at 6. If there is no difference, then is it ...
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possessive apostrophe and THE for academic phrases

I am applying for PhD. In university's site I have seen several possessive phrases which have completely confused me. Which of these are correct? 1- UCI EECS Department / UCI Department of EECS / UCI'...
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"Few" after possessive adjectives: "He sold his few books"

When you say: He sold his few books. Does it mean he sold a few books or he sold few books? If it means few books, should I say: He sold his some books. to mean he actually had some books?
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possessive: on (his) holidays?

I wrote the following sentence, but an Australian added "his" to it. Is it necessary? Why is it added? Does it make more sense to include "his"? Joseph goes hiking on (his?) holidays to break the ...
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How to separate a possessive adjective from its noun properly?

I will explain with examples. I sat between her and the door I sat between her and her bag. "her" would mean the girl herself, in the first example, and it would still mean that in the second ...
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“His swimming is brilliant”

Can we say: His swimming is brilliant I made up this sentence to examine: 1) if i can use possessive adjectives before gerund. 2) and if a gerund can stand by its own without an object....
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Possessive adjective / pronoun

Why do we write yours sincerely instead of your sincerely. Here I think before sincerely we need a possessive adjective and 'your' is doing this job well.
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Do possessive pronouns always replace?

Possessive Pronouns replace Possessive adjectives and nouns For eg - That is my(possessive adjective) ball(noun) That is mine(possessive pronoun) or That ball is mine(possessive pronoun) That ball is ...
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Heard (his saying/him saying/him say)

When telling somebody what you did in order to get (to discover, to see) what somebody else did, what should I say? For example: Let me hear you say "i got it!" So I do something in order to get (in ...
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My everything is yours, my mind, my body, my possessions, my life [closed]

In a long distance strong close platonic love relationship as mother and son, would the proper English term for this statement be all rights given pertaining to him and his life or is there another to ...
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Should I avoid double possessive adjectives in this kind of sentence?

Let's imagine a situation in which there are two males in a room, and we read: John laid his hand on his shoulder. It's clear that John is not laying his hand on his own shoulder but on that of ...
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What is the difference between using in possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns structures?

What is the difference between using in possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns structures? For example: You car is faster than my car. (possessive adjective) Versus Your car is ...
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