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Is "ones" in this sentence grammatical?

I encountered the "ones" functioning as a possessive pronoun in this context: In the individual, this cultural context is expressed in terms of ones attitudes, beliefs, personality ...
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your many books, Those some people - can we use determiners this way?

I have your many books. I have many books of yours. Those some people are about to come. Some of those people are about to come. I know that the 2nd version of each example is correct but I don't ...
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It doesn't mean that only the marketers made customers purchase their products/ their own products? [closed]

"He made him buy his products." "It doesn't mean that only the marketers made customers purchase their products." who do these possessive pronouns refer to? is it the doer who ...
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What does “their” mean in this sentence?

What does the last segment here mean?Who does "their(1-2)" references? |subject| + verb + \direct object\ + preposition (usually to or for) + /indirect object/ |those invested with ...
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Can the word "friend" act as a title?

Do I necessarily need to insert the possessive pronoun her in the following sentence or can I just skip it? Karen, a person, does X together with (her) friend Juliette. I see that it's uncommon, but ...
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How old are you—if you don’t mind me/my asking? [duplicate]

How old are you—if you don’t mind me asking? How old are you—if you don’t mind my asking? In TOEFL tests, 'my asking' was correct because 'my' is in a possessive case having 'asking' as an object, ...
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possessive pronouns

Is it possible to say like that: It is quite surprising because in my country parents complain about their children being lazy more than about their being online. OR ...their children's being lazy ...
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Which sentence is correct? (In spite of) [duplicate]

As the title has suggested, I'd like to know which sentence using "in spite of" is correct: John keeps working in spite of him feeling unwell. John keeps working in spite of his feeling ...
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"you and your" vs "your and your"

At one point, you and your teammate's pokemons register a very low HP (1). At one point, your and your teammate's pokemons register a very low HP (2). Which of the two sentences is correct?
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how to understand the "to his" in this sentence

In my own research, complaints from women about their husbands most often focused not on tangible inequities such as having given up the chance for a career to accompany a husband to his. Hello, ...
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Pronoun usage in "Did you enjoy his playing the violin?" [duplicate]

Why is the pronoun "his" used in this sentence? "Did you enjoy his playing the violin?"
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The use of possesive pronouns with gerunds in the passive voice

Can I use possessive pronouns with gerunds in the passive voice? In the active voice, a gerund modified by a possesive pronoun would sound like this, for example: "I didn't like his going to New ...
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Which sentence is correct: "I hope you and her are fine." or "I hope you and she are fine."?

Between the two sentences: I hope you and her are fine. I hope you and she are fine. Which one is correct and why?
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Her car is black. vs The car of her is black [closed]

Does the phrase ''The car of her is black'' sound as natural as ''Her car is black'' ?
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Its or their for human singular nouns? [duplicate]

I've listened to a song called "Big girls don't cry". A very famous one. And in its lyrics there is the expression: "I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket". After ...
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Can I say: It's of hers?

A common expression I know is A friend of mine like in: I studied math with a friend of mine. A possessive pronoun is used with the noun friend. Is it grammatically correct to use the same pattern in ...
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"a friend of mine" / "the wife of Mr Black" [closed]

Why "a friend of mine" is correct, but "the wife of Mr Black" isn't correct (only Mr Black's wife)? What is the difference in terms of grammar? If there are some other examples in ...
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Can "whose" be replaced with "with the/a" in this sentence? Which sentence is better?

I wrote a simple Email whose goal was to inform friends and family about the party. Can the "whose" in the sentence be replaced with "with a/the" to make the sentence like: I ...
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“Which pencil of mine”

Is this sentence correct? Which pencil of mine did you take? or is it grammatically wrong and I should say, “Which of my pencils did you take” which I am sure is grammatically correct? “Which pencil ...
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When is "company" plural and singular?

1, The company are hoping to expand their operations abroad. (from a Longman dictionary) 2, The company is hoping to expand their operations abroad. (a native-speaker's preference) 3, The company is ...
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“My each/every attempt”

After the possessive pronouns, can we use “each” or “every”? For example, are all four of the sentences below grammatically correct? My each attempt was useless. My every attempt was useless. Take ...
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"The friend of John who I hate" vs "John's friend who I hate" [duplicate]

On another language forum, I was told that sentences like, This is John's friend who I hate. This is my car which I've had for two years. etc. are wrong and we should say these instead: This is ...
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“Your” as a third person possessive pronoun. Is that a thing?

Your book suggests that animals have thought processes, emotions, and social connections that are as important to them as they are to us This is a snippet of this article I found on internet and the “...
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Possessive pronoun vs definite article in this sentence

In some languages, such as French and Spanish, it's ungrammatical or at least uncommon to use possessive pronouns to refer to parts of the body in some contexts: People say "the head," "...
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Pronoun reference - before / after

Yesterday, Jim and his mum went to a bookshop. ..... wanted to buy a book for his father. What's the best pronoun to use there? Do we refer to 'Jim and his mum' in the 1st sentence, or do we refer to ...
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Is this grammatically acceptable? "Defined by its being identical to"

I just wrote this sentence, As the strategy is defined by its being identical to the existing strategy, with a few notable exceptions, I have to use a particular technique to implement it. This is ...
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Difference between possessive pronoun and possessive case of pronoun

What is the difference between possessive pronoun and possessive case of pronoun? Pronoun possessive case I mine That ? Everyone ...
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What is "his" in "his was a rags-to-riches tale"?

Is "his" in "his was a rags-to-riches tale" used instead of "his tale" to avoid repeating words? Or is it something else?
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Possessive pronoun vs "the" when followed by a restrictive relative pronoun

A: Her sister is a good friend of mine B: Which one? A: The/her sister who worked here years ago. Are both, the/possessive pronouns correct here?
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Can I use the phrase "some of mine" this way?

and when I needed some of mine, by chance everyone turned out to be busy. I mean to say I helped my acquaintances before and when I needed some of them, they pretended to be busy in my bad situation. ...
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using a possessive pronoun in a cleft sentence

I'd like to know if "their" in the cleft sentence below can refer to "every businessman" in the last part of the sentence. Can possessive pronouns only refer to certain nouns in ...
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Can 'its' appear before a thing mentioned?

Can 'its' appear before a thing mentioned? Example ('its'='the software'): We think that after its upgrade, the software will be popular in places that need privacy. (I know that this sentence can ...
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...anxieties about us/our having any more downtime

In some cases that a pronoun is a subject which is followed by a verb follows a preposition. Then the subject is changed into possessive determiners. But I read a sentence A. A. On the other there's ...
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Which pronoun (its or their) should be used for a single animal?

An otter can close its ears and nose. An otter can close their ears and nose. What is the difference? I think they are same and what is the correct answer?
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Is ‘I want to meet your enemy’ ambiguous?

‘I want to meet your enemy’ can mean?: You are not an enemy You are an enemy (like ‘your majesty’ means you are a majesty)
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How do I choose my possessive pronoun?

A multiple-choice question: Every teacher and pupil at Eton Girl's college is pround of ____ school. I am aware that we should treat "every....” as a singular subject, so the blank should be ...
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Why do these sentences use "them" and not "their"?

I wonder all the time why one of the Alice in Chains songs is named "Them Bones"? Shouldn't it be "their"? The whole verse goes like this "I believe them bones are me," ...
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Which one is correct : ' this house is their ' or ' this house is theirs ' [closed]

I had got this question and it was very difficult for me to choose one. Please could you give me the right answer and also the reason that's correct.
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As she/her/hers or Like her/hers?

I have some confusion about the grammar of the following sentence: "He was performing the same steps like her/hers/as she/her/hers. What should be the actual correct sentence structure here? He ...
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Numbers after pronouns

Is saying "my three cats" wrong? Should it be "three cats of mine"? My English books says that the latter one is correct, but to my ear, the first one sounds correct too.
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Collective Nouns and their possessive pronouns

The crowd is clapping their hands. The crowd are clapping their hands. The crowd is clapping its hands. Which one of the above is a correct sentence? The word 'crowd', being a collective noun, can ...
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What’s their name?

I found in my book below sentence. Is it correct? What’s their name? If it's correct, I can answer "Their name is Alex and Ann.", isn't it? Is it spoken version of "What are their ...
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The correct way to refer using "their" in a sentence

I need to choose a title for a paper and I'm unsure of the usage of "their": Development of an orange juice for monkeys to enhance their jumping-capabilities in trees Is "their" in this context ...
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What is the correct pronoun for the gerund in "It’s hard to imagine me/I/my doing that crime"

It’s hard to imagine me doing that crime It’s hard to imagine I doing that crime It’s hard to imagine my doing that crime Which of the above three sentences is correct? My grammar book said we ...
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Why we write "Ferguson Case" instead of "Ferguson's case"

Since Ferguson is a city in Missouri, why don't we use saxon genitive to indicate that the riots that took place there "belong" to the city? We could refer to the city with a possesive pronoun: "...
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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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Do you say “me and my brother’s room” or “my and my brother’s room”?

I’m not sure which of the two is correct: “Me and Tessa’s Books” or “My and Tessa’s books”? Couldn’t find an answer in grammar books.
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Use of Possessive or objective case of pronoun

The car of (them/their) is just amazing! What should I use, possessive pronoun or objective case I like a thing of them/someone is sounding good to me.yet I'm perplexed!
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Using "her" to refer to the word "child"

I have confusions about a single sentence The pedagogical view is that the pre-school phase is crucial to stimulate a child’s curiosity and help her prepare for schooling at age six. Can her be ...
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Is this possessive its clear to the sentence?

The sentence in question is: An X microphone can sense a Y speaker vibrating with a high frequency up to a limit determined by its elastic sensitivity. Does possessive pronoun its here clearly ...
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