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Which is grammatically correct?

I am a girl in my early twenties.


I am a girl in her early twenties.

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Grammatically, both versions work; they would be parsed as

(I am) (a girl (in her early twenties))

That is, you are a single thing: a girl of a particular age range.


(I am) ((a girl) (in my early twenties))

That is, you are two things: a girl, and in a particular age range.

Semantically, the two things are equivalent; say whichever feels more natural to you.

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Well, that's apart from the casual sexism ... – Agi Hammerthief Mar 21 '14 at 22:30

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