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    possessive

    1-John and three cousins went out to a bar last night.

    Can't this sentence mean two things (depending on the context):
    a-John and three of my cousins went out to a bar last night.
    b-John and three of his cousins went out to a bar last night.

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    #2

    Re: possessive

    Without context, the first one, a- my cousins, isn't possible; the second one, b-his cousins, is possible, and then there's a third interpretation: the three cousins are not related to John or me/you. They're just three cousins.

    All the best.

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