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    #1

    with the repairman

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) My computer is with the repairman. (H
    e has it.)
    2) I have my computer with the repairman.

    3) Some of my belongings are with my brother. (
    He has them.)
    4) I have some of my belongings with my brother.
    5) I have some belongings with my brother.
    6) I have belongings with my brother.


    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: with the repairman

    1) and 3) are OK.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: with the repairman

    My initial reaction was that the ones starting "I have" were at least unnatural, if not incorrect. Then I realised that just yesterday, I said to someone "I have some of my stuff in my mum's garage" so quite clearly I use the construction.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: with the repairman

    Thank you both so much,

    Yes, Emsr2dr, your sentence sounds natural to me. I find it commonplace. But maybe there is a difference between 'I have some of my stuff in my mum's garage' and 'I have some of my stuff with my mum.'.
    Maybe it is the 'with' that is problematic.
    The two sentences really seem to have the same structure though.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: with the repairman

    In my opinion it is the "with" that's problematic. "I have some of my belongings in my mother's/brother's garage/house/attic" is completely natural.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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