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    #1

    Do you have your....

    Hello, it's more than one month since I posted a thread last.

    I have a question now . That's why I'm posting a new thread.

    Can we say "Do you have your room?" to mean "Do you have your own room?" or "Do you have a room to yourself?"

    How about "I have my room." or "We have our room."?
    Are all of these underlined sentences OK?

    Thank you for your help.

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    #2

    Re: Do you have your....

    I don't think so. I would use the question only to ask someone if they still have their room, to know whether they have given it up or not. I would use 'Do you have a room?' and the same with the answers- we have a room/we have our own room/ we have a room to ourselves.


    BTW, I would use apartment/flat unless you really mean a single room, and a one-room flat is a studio. I know that many Japanese speakers don't distinguish between the two, but it sounds strange to me- my Japanese partner uses room for our apartment/flat and it sounds really weird to me.

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    #3

    Re: Do you have your....

    I agree with Tdol that 'Do you have your room' sounds very odd.

    But with smaller things, it's OK:

    Do you have your tooth-brush?
    Do you have your wallet?

    But

    Do you have your house?
    Do you have your country?

    It isn't easy to define just when something becomes big enough for 'Do you have your...?' not to be an acceptable question:

    Do you have your car?

    But

    Do you have your bus? (unless you're speaking to someone who actually owns a bus; and Did you catch your bus? is fine, since there the possessive pronoun doesn't denote ownership at all.)


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    #4

    Re: Do you have your....

    Thank you two for your help.

    The situation I have in mind is whether a child has his own room in his house or not. In Japan, many children have to share their rooms with their brothers or sisters especially when they are small. That's because Japanese houses usually don't have so many rooms that every child in the family has his own room.

    Anyway, from the explanation you two gave me, I don't think we can say "Do you have your room?". And rather we should say, "Do you have your own room?" or something like that.

    Am I right?

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    Re: Do you have your....

    I'd defintiely say 'Do you have your own room?'

    Sorry about the assumption about room- I was just checking.

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    #6

    Re: Do you have your....

    Yes, "Do you have your own room?" or "Do you share a room?" (I didn't and did, until I was 19, so I'm an expert on this sort of question )

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