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  1. Key Member
    Academic
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      • Native Language:
      • Armenian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
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      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
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    #1

    my and my brother's

    1) I have repaired my and my brother's computer.
    2) I have repaired my and my brother's computers.
    3) I have repaired me and my brother's computers.

    4) I have repaired my brother's and my computer.
    5) I have repaired my brother's and my computers.


    I think in '1'and '4' there is one computer and joint ownership and in '3' there are multiple computers and joint membership.

    '2', and '5' seem ambiguous to me. Maybe there is joint ownership of multiple computers. Maybe there is separate ownership of two (one per person) or more computers.

    Is that correct?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Interested in Language
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      • American English
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      • United States
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    • Join Date: Dec 2015
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    #2

    Re: my and my brother's

    Nobody who reads these will parse them so carefully. The singular ones will be understood as "the computer that belongs to me and my brother", the plural ones as "two computers, one of which is mine, the other, my brother's."
    I am not a teacher.

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