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    Quote Originally Posted by james_chew_84
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    are you ppl dragging this on just for fun?.you would probably be talking in person when you say i would listen to me or you, if i were you.so, there is no need for pronouns when the conversation is about the both of you.Why not solve the problem by leaving the pronouns out.wouldn't it be easier to say i would listen, if i were you.well, if there's a third party involved you can say. i would listen to him if i were you and if it's a thing you can use "the "for example. i would fasten the seat-belt if i were you.
    Yes, you've said that. It is a reasonable approach, but not the most common, IMO. :wink:
    what do you mean by not the most common?then, what do americans usually say?
    In this example, both the "your" and "my" forms are more common than the "the" form, in my experience.

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    In this example, both the "your" and "my" forms are more common than the "the" form, in my experience.[/quote]

    I guess we are worlds apart. :) In malaysia we seldom use your or my.but i agree with i would listen to me, if i were you.i would listen to me(me shows that it's subjunctive). if it weren't for the subjunctive it would probably be i would listen to myself.

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    You do have a point James. But how about:
    "I'd take my car if I were you, not his."

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    You do have a point James. But how about:
    "I'd take my car if I were you, not his."
    read my reply again. you might understand better. his/her is used when it involves a third person and not things and as for things it's better to use "the" to be on the safest side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james_chew_84
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    You do have a point James. But how about:
    "I'd take my car if I were you, not his."
    read my reply again. you might understand better. his/her is used when it involves a third person and not things and as for things it's better to use "the" to be on the safest side.
    my and your are not needed to show possession here.the person you're talking to would probably know who owns whatever you're talking about.

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    I am not sure I get your point.
    In my sentence "his" stands for "his car". I could write it:
    "If I were you, I'd take my car and not his car."
    "If I were you, I'd accept my offer and not his offer."
    I don't see how one can use "the" here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    I am not sure I get your point.
    In my sentence "his" stands for "his car". I could write it:
    "If I were you, I'd take my car and not his car."
    "If I were you, I'd accept my offer and not his offer."
    I don't see how one can use "the" here.
    i don't know what you're talking either. what i know is the person you're talking to probably knows whose car it is of.So, using my his your or whatever is no needed to show possession.Don't you agree with me Mike?

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    no=not
    is there any way i can correct my spelling errors without posting any messages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by james_chew_84
    In this example, both the "your" and "my" forms are more common than the "the" form, in my experience.
    I guess we are worlds apart. :) In malaysia we seldom use your or my.but i agree with i would listen to me, if i were you.i would listen to me(me shows that it's subjunctive). if it weren't for the subjunctive it would probably be i would listen to myself.[/quote]

    It is a minor point of English. It is not enough to divide us. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by james_chew_84
    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    I am not sure I get your point.
    In my sentence "his" stands for "his car". I could write it:
    "If I were you, I'd take my car and not his car."
    "If I were you, I'd accept my offer and not his offer."
    I don't see how one can use "the" here.
    i don't know what you're talking either. what i know is the person you're talking to probably knows whose car it is of.So, using my his your or whatever is no needed to show possession.Don't you agree with me Mike?
    In this case, I don't agree. There is a difference between his car and my car. :wink:

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