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    "The secret of HIS nose" is correct? (the nose of a train)

    I watched a video which title is "団子鼻新幹線の秘密 The secret of his nose : Shinkansen 0 series". I would like to know if the title of this video is correct.

    Shinkansen is a train, a vehicle, a thing, an object. Is right to use "his" for objects like trains?

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    Re: "The secret of HIS nose" is correct? (the nose of a train)

    Everything is possible in art - trains can be personified and have noses.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: "The secret of HIS nose" is correct? (the nose of a train)

    Hi,

    Most often, ships are referred to as 'she', as well as cars and motorbikes (my bike's name was 'Mafalda', after the Argentinian comic strip character). So I don't see why a train can't be referred to as 'he'.

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    #4

    Re: "The secret of HIS nose" is correct? (the nose of a train)

    Most of the engines on Sodor are male.

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    Re: "The secret of HIS nose" is correct? (the nose of a train)

    I didn't know it. Can I use "his" or "her" for objects?

    What is the way to know if I must use "his" or "her"? Can I say "The secret of her nose"?

    How can I know if an object is he or she?

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    Re: "The secret of HIS nose" is correct? (the nose of a train)

    Most objects are "it" unless we have an emotional attachment to them, as many people do for their cars. Ships are "she."

    When things are given human characteristics (Thomas the Tank Engine, for example - I don't know Sodor), then they take human pronouns.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "The secret of HIS nose" is correct? (the nose of a train)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Thomas the Tank Engine, for example - I don't know Sodor
    I gave the link in post #4. Sodor is where Thomas lives and works.

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    Oops. One does not simply link into Sodor!
    (LOTR reference there.).
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "The secret of HIS nose" is correct? (the nose of a train)

    We cannot use "his" or"her" as it is not a human . I think, there must be used "its head", I am also not sure about "nose".

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    Re: "The secret of HIS nose" is correct? (the nose of a train)

    Quote Originally Posted by HelenaHaden View Post
    We cannot use "his" or"her" as it is not a human .
    We can, in some contexts, as several native speakers have pointed out.

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