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    #1

    his(the) pocket.

    Which is more natural? "his" or "the"?

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    ex)He talked with his right hand in his(the) pocket.

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    #2

    Re: his(the) pocket.

    '...his pocket'.

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    #3

    Re: his(the) pocket.

    (Not just 'more natural' - the version with 'the' is almost always wrong. The only exceptions that come to mind are if the pocket has been given special focus [as in 'There was an ominous bulge in his coat-pocket, and he talked with his right hand in the pocket all the time'] or if the 'pocket' is metaphorical - as when the speaker is resting his hand on a pool table. These cases are so rare that is safe to just ignore them and say 'he talked with his hand in the pocket' is wrong.)

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    #4

    Re: his(the) pocket.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (Not just 'more natural' - the version with 'the' is almost always wrong. The only exceptions that come to mind are if the pocket has been given special focus [as in 'There was an ominous bulge in his coat-pocket, and he talked with his right hand in the pocket all the time'] or if the 'pocket' is metaphorical - as when the speaker is resting his hand on a pool table. These cases are so rare that is safe to just ignore them and say 'he talked with his hand in the pocket' is wrong.)



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    However, "He spoke with his hand in the pocket of his trousers" is normal.

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