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    THE USAGE OF "own"

    Hello! How is it going?

    Thanks in advance!

    My questions:

    E.X. I don´t mind your throwing YOUR OWN clothes on
    the floor.

    E.X. Do you mind my throwing YOUR clothes on the floor?

    1.- Is there any rule for using "own" in English?

    2.- Must I use OWN in the first sentence and not
    neccessarily in my second one or Must I use it
    in both of them?

    Thanks in advance!


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    Re: THE USAGE OF "own"

    your own ---"own "is used to emphasize and highlight the tone ---"it yours ,not others "
    right ?

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    Re: THE USAGE OF "own"

    It is there for emphasis. In the first sentence, 'your own clothes' suggests that the person throws both their own clothes and the speaker's, which, presumably, annoys the speaker who cares about their clothes.

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