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Re: SC possessive nouns [#permalink]

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24 Feb 2007, 06:45
kkarank wrote:
John's room is so messy that his mother calls him a pig

Is this statement correct ?

usage of "his" is right because, it refers to posessive John's

"him" has no reference in the sentence. Hence we need to replace "him" with "John" to correct the above statement.
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24 Feb 2007, 09:16
kkarank wrote:

usage of "his" is right because, it refers to posessive John's

But isnt there an ambiguity here ? the subject seems to be John's room rather than John himself so how can the use of "him" be correct ?

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24 Feb 2007, 10:24
Usage of his is correct as the possessive pronoun refers to possessive noun.

Usage of him is incorrect as "him" is a proper noun and has no referent, i.e. proper noun

as aurobindo said him needs be replaced with proper noun
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