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    #1

    Omit their

    Both gold and silver reached peak production in 1999.


    Can I say

    Both gold and silver reached their peak production in 1999.

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    Re: Omit their

    Yes.

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    Re: Omit their

    Why would you do that?

    Don't mess with the sentence. It's fine as it is. Adding their is not a good idea.

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    Re: Omit their

    In that context, "peak" is used as an adjective meaning "maximum". Do you see why "their" is not used?

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    Re: Omit their

    Just because peak is used as an adjective,so I cannot use "their" in that context.


    Can I use their in the following sentence or I can omit it?

    Both gold and silver reached their highest levels of proudction in 1999.

    Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Re: Omit their

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmvp View Post
    Can I use their in the following sentence or I can omit it?

    Both gold and silver reached their highest levels of proudction in 1999.
    You ought to have a determiner of some kind in that position before a superlative, whether it be their or the.

    It might help if you think of the use of peak in the original sentence like this:

    peak = the highest level of

    it reached peak production
    =
    it reached the highest level of production

    If you understand it like this, you might be able to see why it's not necessary to use a determiner in the original sentence. I don't think it would be completely wrong to do so, but it's not necessary grammatically, and furthermore it's not necessary to introduce the sense of possession that their brings.
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