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    their cakes/its cake

    I read the following sentence from Collins English conversation Book 2.

    "I think their cakes are the best in town."

    When we are talking about the quality of cakes in a cake shop, is it natural to use 'its' instead of 'their'?

    I think its cake is the best in town.


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    Re: their cakes/its cake

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    "I think their cakes are the best in town."
    That's fine.
    When we are talking about the quality of cakes in a cake shop, is it natural to use 'its' instead of 'their'?

    I think its cake is the best in town.
    'Their' is more natural than 'its', in my opinion. We'd use 'cakes' rather than 'cake' unless we were talking about a specific type, such as 'Christmas cake'.
    Last edited by Tdol; 13-Nov-2012 at 13:31. Reason: Fixing Quote tag

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    Re: their cakes/its cake

    Both are correct, but their sounds more natural to me (BrE speaker), though speakers of other variants of English may feel differently.

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    Re: their cakes/its cake

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Both are correct, but their sounds more natural to me (BrE speaker), though speakers of other variants of English may feel differently.
    Thanks Tdol.

    Is " I think its cakes are the best in town." correct?
    Is " I think its cake is the best in town." wrong?

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    Re: their cakes/its cake

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Is " I think its cakes are the best in town." correct?
    Is " I think its cake is the best in town." wrong?
    The first is OK, but both Tdol and I find 'their' more natural. The second is not wrong, but ... oh, re-read the earlier posts.

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