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It depends whether you treat the creature as one who has an intellect or not. For example, in "Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone" where goblins were bank workeres, author refers to them as to persons: "The goblin was about a head shorter than Harry. He had a swarthy, clever face, a pointed beard and, Harry noticed, very long fingers and feet. He bowed ...
If you have a male goblin, then speak of his thing; if a female goblin, of her thing. Animals still take his or her, not its, unless you simply do not know the creature’s gender. An animal is an animate, and things with animas merit animate determiners and pronouns, not inanimate ones. A male animal is a him, a female animal is a her. Never call a ...
The choice depends on whether you are intending to treat the creature as a person, not a human or animal. For instance, Charlotte's Web anthropomorphises animals, using his or hers for ownership. On the other side of the coin, it was typical to refer to the belongings of slaves as its; even though they were human, they were not considered people.
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