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    The government

    Should I use "our" instead of the article before "government" and isn't it better to rephrase my sentence? The second sentence is a rephrased one.

    1. "I hope the Georgian government will give permission for airline flights."

    2. "I hope our government will allow flights soon."

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    Re: The government

    The second only works if the listener knows that you are Georgian. I'd combine the two:

    I hope the Georgian government will allow air travel to resume soon.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The government

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The second only works if the listener knows that you are Georgian. I'd combine the two:

    I hope the Georgian government will allow air travel to resume soon.
    Yes, the speaker knows that. I may be wrong but I think this part doesn't sound natural: "... government will give permission for airline flights."

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    Re: The government

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Yes, the speaker knows that. I may be wrong but I think this part doesn't sound natural: "... government will give permission for airline flights."
    It's fine, in the right context.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The government

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's fine, in the right context.
    Is my context not the right one?

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    Re: The government

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Is my context not the right one?
    If there were something to correct, Goes would have corrected it.

    Goes is saying that it works in this context but doesn't work in every context.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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