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To which noun does a pronoun refer?

This black and white photo was taken when 67p was approaching the sun and reveals a jet of ice erupting from its crumbling surface. Which noun in the quoted sentence does its refer to? For ...
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Pronoun Case: When I was a child, Grandpa was unhappy with (me/my) excavating his rose garden in the hopes of finding dinosaur bones

I was answering an exercise on the internet when i come across this question: When I was a child, Grandpa was unhappy with (me/my) excavating his rose garden in the hopes of finding dinosaur bones. ...
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“Your or someone else's” or “Yours or someone else's”? [duplicate]

Should I say Your or someone else's Or Yours or someone else's When I am referring to an item that may either belong to the person I am addressing, or someone else? Example context: Check ...
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Why should “theirs” not have an apostrophe? [duplicate]

What is the reasoning by which people decided not to use ’s to indicate the possession of pronouns? For example, one might write It is Jack's dog. The dog is Jack's. But not It is their dog. ...
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When can you omit using s after possessive nouns?

It seems that in some cases s is not used after possessive nouns, for example, you would not say Fuel's price went up instead you would say Fuel price went up. However, the sentence This car's price ...
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Confusing “it's” with “its” [closed]

Why do anglophones confuse "it's" with "its" so much often? I mean, I can understand if it's a distraction mistake but I don't know if this is still a mistake or has become an actual rule to put "it's"...
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Can object pronouns and possessive pronouns be used side by side without a preposition? [duplicate]

In a previous post on this site, the question was asked, "Can we use two pronouns side by side?" However, the example given (and thus answers offered) didn't quite suit the particular question that I ...
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What does (its) refer to?

In a sentence like: America is a rich country. Its resources are massive. If the question was: what does (its) refer to? And there were choices to choose from: A. America B. America's Which one ...
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What is the rule of 'of' in front a possessive pronoun?

I'd like to know why sometimes we use 'of' in front of the possessive pronoun and sometimes we dont, like in these questions: "Is this pen hers or yours?" "Where is that restaurant of yours?"
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You will find it difficult to explain of your use of such offensive language

You will find it difficult/ to explain of your use / of such offensive language as per possessive word rule, After "your" instead of use , using should come. Few example my going, his coming, so ...
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“me's” when referring to another version of you?

Let's say I want to refer to a toy that I had when I was younger. Would it be incorrect to say "young me's toy"?
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“Can you send me Fred and your flight information?” [duplicate]

This doesn't quite sound right but might be right. Consider "Can you send me Fred and Amy's flight information?" This is correct via The Chicago Manual of Style. Alternatively, "Can you send me ...
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Combining demonstrative and possessive pronoun

I know of at least one language (German, although it’s considered old-fashioned nowadays) where it’s possible to combine demonstrative and possessive pronoun: Diese deine Worte sind wahr. These your ...
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You and Ted's dinner conversation tonight

This was addressed to a family regarding what they should talk about at dinner that night. Should "you" be "your"? What is the rule?
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Should an antecedent of “everyone” take “their” or “his” or “our” as its corresponding possessive pronoun? [duplicate]

I am still confused about how to use the word everyone. I have this sentence on a test: Everyone wants to do their part. Everyone wants to do his part. Everyone wants to do our part. ...
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British-English - My v Mine [duplicate]

I would like to know which of the options below is correct: 'It is mine and John's favourite' 'It is my and John's favourite' Or if both are incorrect, what would be the correct way to phrase this?
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Is there a grammatical difference with this IDO pronoun then possessive pronoun, or vice versa?

There's still time to make this a rewarding experience for you and your clients! There's still time to make this a rewarding experience for your clients and you!
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Why weren't “our”, “their” and “my” labelled as possessive pronouns? [duplicate]

I was doing a grammar exercise in the book Mastering Advanced English Language by Sara Thorne. Now, the exercise consisted of a paragraph of text where the reader has to label the pronouns in the text ...
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Is it correct to use “his or her” after “Neither Jake nor Janet…”?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: "Neither Jake nor Janet brought his or her homework to class." I understand that it has recently become acceptable to use a singular they for ...
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Their or zero option [closed]

I know how to use "their". This means "belonging to them" but can you leave it out as in this sentence: The main reasons that led single mothers to conceal (their) pregnancy and birth, were shame and ...
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objective pronoun in front of V-ing from an SAT perspective [duplicate]

Barron's Grammar Workbook (which claims to be written for those wishing to take "the SAT, ACT, and more") says to use a possessive pronoun before a gerund, and gives the following example: Her asking ...
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Multiple person possession with a pronoun [duplicate]

How do you handle multiple person possession with a pronoun? For instance, "This organization has been near and dear to my and Simon's hearts for many years"
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Correct usage of the word “my” in this sentence? [duplicate]

My writing was flowing and this is something that I wrote: I pull into my parking spot, which is empty despite my having never reserved it, and get out. I was curious as to whether this usage of ...
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How to use possessive case in the following sentences? [duplicate]

We can say: the smell of it Can we say: the arrival of him the son of me And we can't say: a suggestion of Mr. Smith (should be Mr.Smith's, right?) Can we say: a suggestion of Mr. Smith ...
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Can dummy “it” occur as possessive “its”?

I don't want to get too bogged down in exactly what constitutes a dummy pronoun usage (personally, I'd include things like Who's there? It's John, even if not everyone else does). But on this recent ...
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Sentences of the form “[A] knew this to be [A]'s weakness”

Consider the following sentence: She knew this to be her weakness. I've encountered a few sentences of this form in various sources, but none had both pronouns referring to the same subject. E.g.,...
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Why is “whomse” not a word?

I often hear people say something like For whose benefit is that? Should it not be For whomse benefit is that Who -> Whom Whose -> Whomse I know "whomse" is not a real word. My question is: ...
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Double possession dilemma: should I say “your” or “yours”?

What is the best way to say this? Because of yours and the John Wichel Foundation’s grant we are able to continue our mission to serve all Texans with diabetes. Should it be Because of your ...
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preposition + genitive vs non-genitive subjects + gerund

I was wondering which of the following phrases are correct? "without their having to learn" or "without them having to learn"? Any help is highly appreciated.
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You're in the same situation as me / mine

Which one is correct? "You're in the same situation as me" or "You're in the same situation as mine" Example : My sister always annoys me, although I tell my parents to stop her, she keeps ...
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Pronoun agreement: His and my house vs Our house

Would "her and my" be plural? I know that "Sue and I moved into our house" is correct PN agreement. But wouldn't "Sue and I moved into her and my house"? I know it's awkward but wouldn't the "and" ...
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How to choose between “my” and “our” when talking about a group of people I belong to?

My family - Our family My company - Our company My school - Our school My team - Our team ... When talking about a group of people including myself to someone who is not part of that group, it seems ...
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You're both of us' child / You're both of our child / You're both of ours child - Why are these all ungrammatical?

There was an interesting question on our sister site ELL: Is “Both of our child” valid? Suppose a kid asks their mother "Am I your child or Dad's child?": Why are the alternatives in the title ...
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Should I prefer “my” or “our” when the object (a kid, a house) is “co-owned” by two people both present?

I was sitting on a couch between the wife and the husband of an old married couple (native English Londoners) and they were showing me pictures of their kids. They kept using phrases like here is my ...
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Verb inversion with possessive pronoun + interrogative

Is it yours? vs It is yours? Can #2 ever be appropriate? Does it exist to facilitate placing emphasis on the personal pronoun?
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Mass of people its/his/their

In a phrase where the subject is "mass of people", should I use "its"? e.g. A mass of people and its flag. Mass is an abstract word, so it sounds strange to me to use their; but I'm not sure. ...
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How do I get singular objects to agree with 2 possessive nouns?

Which sentence below is grammatically correct and indicates that a driver damaged the engine in my car and the engine in my brother's car? (Different websites offer conflicting answers.) A) My ...
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'My' or 'mine'?

We are making a piece of software that lists some kind of objects. An object may belong to a user (be 'private') or it may be made 'public'. The list is quite large, therefore in the list form there's ...
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Use of AMEX, MasterCard, Visa without the word “card”

Do you say my AMEX, my Visa Gold, my MasterCard to mean your credit cards issued by a relevant company? I always take (my) Visa Gold, when I go abroad on holiday. Will you accept AMEX (at a gas ...
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Should “everyone's” be followed by a singular or plural noun? [duplicate]

Ex. What would be right: ... that caught everyone's eye. ... that caught everyone's eyes.
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Non-standard British use of possessive “me”

Native North American speaker here. It's fairly common in certain British dialects to substitute "me" for "my" (Shiver me timbers) in informal speech. My impression is that some speakers mix the ...
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His/her vs their after using “each one” (for individual-focused meaning)

I have this sentence that intoduce a list of items: Encountering a succession of person to observe how each one's way of thinking affects: ● his/her way to look at the world ● his ... ● his ......
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Possessive Pronouns Doubt [closed]

Possessive case pronouns have a s without an apostrophe; so is this correct "It's hers watch". If not why and also in which sentences can " hers" be used.
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“Please join me, my family and [my] crew.” Can the second “my” be left out? [duplicate]

Is it proper to say: Please join me, my family and crew in celebrating my Bat Mitzvah? Or should there be a 'my' before crew?
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The use of possessive pronouns in phrases like “I don't know my geography” or “He certainly knows his Star Wars”

There's a rather peculiar use of possessive pronouns. In my experience, it normally occurs in the context of referring to someone's familiarity with a particular subject (or lack therof), e.g. You ...
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Can I use “Your” and “Our” in the same sentence?

Is this sentence correct or do the pronouns need to match one way or the other? "Please join your classmates for a reception to celebrate our 25th reunion"
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Is “her” a possessive or an objective pronoun in “A mother takes care of her children”?

I had a sort of debate with my teacher to whether the her in the sentence A mother takes care of her children. is a possessive or an objective pronoun. I told my teacher that it was a possessive ...
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How do you refer to a 'they' character in a poem in a possessive sense?

I am writing a paper about Emily Dickinson's ‘They shut me up in Prose –.’ The two characters of the poem are the speaker and an unidentified group only referred to as 'they' and later as 'themself.' ...
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Why don't we use an apostrophe to denote ownership on 'it'? [duplicate]

We use apostrophes to denote ownership: I wrapped the cat's claws so he wouldn't scratch me while I handled him. However, we don't use an apostrophe when 'it' is the owner. The cat licked its ...
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similar to & the same as [duplicate]

Why don't we use " 's "(possessive S) in the first sentence as in the second one? I have the same color eyes as my father. My personality is very similar to my father's. Can we use "my ...