Consider the following English sentence:

I explained John's and Arthur's progress.

What would be the best (i.e. more elegant) way to change it if, instead of Arthur (or John), the 2nd person was myself? I was thinking of "I explained John's and my progress" but it just doesn't sound right to me ( I am a non-native English speaker).


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"I explained John's progress and my progress" would be the best way to avoid any confusion about whether you are speaking about joint progress or individual progress.

See http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/PossessivesandAttributives/faq0032.html

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